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[REUTERS] Britain's Higgs, Belgium's Englert win 2013 physics Nobel prize

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Britain's Peter Higgs and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Prize for physics on Tuesday for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson particle that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets.

Half a century after their original work, the new building block of nature was finally detected in 2012 at the CERN research centre's giant, underground particle-smasher near Geneva. The discovery was hailed as one of the most important in physics.

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First belgian nobel price winner since 1977. And first belgian physics nobel price winner ever. Nice!
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Gratz, although Higgs gets way too much credit. Including the name of the particle. It should've been Englert-Brout boson.
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Gratz, although Higgs gets way too much credit. Including the name of the particle. It should've been Englert-Brout boson.

Englert and Brout published their article first. Higgs followed a month later but ran independent research during roughly the same period.

Calling it only the Higgs boson particle might be giving Higgs to much credit, or Englert-Brout not enough credit, but only calling it Englert-Brout would be the other way around and not giving Higgs enough credit.
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Puffff. People do amazing stuff and here I am only sitting.

 

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Gratz, although Higgs gets way too much credit. Including the name of the particle. It should've been Englert-Brout boson.

Then again... Higgs is notoriously media-shy. He hates the attention. In fact, the Nobel committee has not gotten in in touch with him yet because he left without telling people where he's going and does not have a cellphone.

Did he name the particle as such or did fellow scientist apply the label?
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Englert and Brout published their article first. Higgs followed a month later but ran independent research during roughly the same period.

Calling it only the Higgs boson particle might be giving Higgs to much credit, or Englert-Brout not enough credit, but only calling it Englert-Brout would be the other way around and not giving Higgs enough credit.

It doesn't really matter if it was independent, I'm sure Brout-Englert were independent too, but the fact that Brout-Englert were first and their equations are the only ones being used today to have proven the existence of this particle, has to be the most important contribution to claim the name of the particle.

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Then again... Higgs is notoriously media-shy. He hates the attention. In fact, the Nobel committee has not gotten in in touch with him yet because he left without telling people where he's going and does not have a cellphone.

Did he name the particle as such or did fellow scientist apply the label?

Not sure who gave the name. I read that the mostly Anglo-american Scientific community preferred Higgs, despite the higher quality and applicable nature of the Brout-Englert work.
Edited by MoGTy - 10/9/13 at 1:21am
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Britain's Peter Higgs and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Prize for physics on Tuesday for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson particle that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets.

Half a century after their original work, the new building block of nature was finally detected in 2012 at the CERN research centre's giant, underground particle-smasher near Geneva. The discovery was hailed as one of the most important in physics.

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Britain's Peter Higgs and Francois Englert of Belgium won the Nobel Prize for physics on Tuesday for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson particle that explains how elementary matter attained the mass to form stars and planets.

Half a century after their original work, the new building block of nature was finally detected in 2012 at the CERN research centre's giant, underground particle-smasher near Geneva. The discovery was hailed as one of the most important in physics.

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How the smallest blocks that make our universe had mass enough to attract the other bits to make the bigger bits. Atoms.
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