In Search of the Holy Grail (pdf)

The New York Academy of Sciences

Particle physicists' quest for the subatomic building blocks of the universe. 

Earlier this month, CERN confirmed, with 99% certainty, the July 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle weighing 126 times the mass of the proton. The Higgs boson, sometimes referred to as "the God particle" by the media, is considered the holy grail of particle physics. Discovery of the particle, theorized for decades, may explain why matter has mass. . . .

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