Winning the “God’s Particle” Lottery

March 13, 2013 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

For physicists, it’s like hitting the mega millions jackpot over and over. “After decades of thinking and searching, it seems that one of the major building-blocks of our understanding of what the world is made of has fallen into place,” says Neal Weiner, professor of physics at New York University, about the announcement that the Higgs boson had been discovered at the CERN laboratory in Geneva last summer. In a lecture, “The Higgs Boson: Theory & Experiment, Search & Discovery” at the Graduate Center, Weiner explained the enormity of the finding, which was named after the British theoretical physicist, Peter Higgs who proposed its existence in the 1960s, and why it is the “God particle,” as it is sometimes called, that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together.