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The hunt for the Higgs particle has involved the biggest, most expensive experiment ever. The discovery of a new particle, consistent with the Higgs boson, is the strongest indicator yet that the Standard Model reflects the basic building blocks of our Universe. Here, Jim Baggott explains the science behind the discovery, and its implications.
Jim Baggott is a freelance science writer. He was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Reading but left to pursue a business career, where he first worked with Shell International Petroleum Company and then as an independent business consultant and trainer. His many books include Atomic: The First War of Physics (Icon, 2009), Beyond Measure: Modern Physics, Philosophy and the Meaning of Quantum Theory (OUP, 2003), A Beginner's Guide to Reality (Penguin, 2005), and A Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments (OUP, 2010).