A mass audience with Higgs

The celebrated physicist will join University colleagues for a memorable evening of discussion and debate next month.

Peter Higgs

In July 2012, CERN announced the discovery of a particle that appeared to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson.

The news came almost half a century after the original prediction by Professor Peter Higgs in 1964, while he was a young lecturer at the University.

The discovery is regarded as one of the most important scientific milestones in the history of physics.

The Higgs boson is believed to give mass to the fundamental particles in what is known as the Standard Model of Particle Physics. It therefore forms a critical part in our present understanding of the physical world.

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Prof Higgs will be joined by four generations of Edinburgh physicists in setting out the importance of this discovery.

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

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session between panel and audience.

Among those accompanying Professor Higgs will be Mr Alan Walker, Honorary Fellow and Director of the Particle Physics for Scottish Schools Exhibition; Dr Victoria Martin, Lecturer and Researcher in Particle Physics at the University of Edinburgh; and Francisca Garay Walls, PhD student.

Both Dr Martin and Ms Garay Walls work on the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

Event details

An Audience with Peter Higgs

Please note: This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

Thursday 20 June 2013, 6.00pm

Thursday 20 June 2013, 7.30pm

McEwan Hall, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG

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