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Mass audience with Higgs

A recording of a sell-out event with Professor Peter Higgs is now available to watch online.

Peter Higgs

The celebrated scientist joined a panel discussion on the Higgs boson, a particle whose recent discovery is regarded as a milestone in modern physics.

The Higgs boson

Professor Higgs came up with a theory for the boson, which is fundamental to the laws of physics, when he was a young researcher at Edinburgh in the 1960s.

Almost 50 years later, in 2012, the CERN facility near Geneva confirmed the existence of the particle, which gives mass to the fundamental particles of nature.

Professor Higgs was joined by four generations of scientists from the University's School of Physics and Astronomy in setting out the importance of the discovery.

The panel also discussed the inspiration behind the theory and the extraordinary technology and human endeavour that enabled the discovery to be made.

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Eminent panel

Accompanying Professor Higgs was Alan Walker, honorary fellow and director of the Particle Physics for Scottish Schools exhibition.

He was also joined by Dr Victoria Martin, reader and researcher in particle physics, and Francisca Garay Walls, a PhD student.

Both Dr Martin and Ms Garay Walls work on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, which helped confirm existence of the Higgs boson.

An Audience with Peter Higgs took place at 6pm on Thursday 20 June at the McEwan Hall.

Photo: Peter Tuffy, The Unversity of Edinburgh.