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Higgs views tribute to his theory

Physicist Peter Higgs has seen a sculpture that pays tribute to him, in a visit to a science-themed garden.

Prof Peter Higgs in Dr Jencks’ Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Emeritus Professor, whose theory of particle physics has dominated the discipline for decades, met Professor Rolf-Dieter Heuer, Director General of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), and Dr Charles Jencks, landscape architect, at Dr Jencks' home, Portrack House, near Dumfries.

Cosmic garden

While at Portrack House, the guests enjoyed a tour of Dr Jencks’ Garden of Cosmic Speculation, which includes a sculpture of the standard model of physics.

The standard model is a theory which brings together fundamental elements of the science of physics.

It includes the Higgs boson particle, which was first postulated by Professor Higgs when he was a researcher at the University in the 1960s.

CERN project

Dr Jencks is in discussions to design a garden at CERN, the physics laboratory near Geneva that is expected to uncover evidence of the theoretical particle.

Photo: Callum Bennetts, Maverick Photo Agency.