By Dr. Chris Quigg, Fermilab.
International scientific teams have observed a new particle that closely resembles the long-sought Higgs boson. Why did thousands of physicists devote decades to the hunt, and how does the discovery advance our understanding of nature?
Fermilab theorist Chris Quigg introduced the Auditorium Lecture audience to the quest for the Higgs boson in 1987, and is delighted to be able report on the dramatic conclusion. Quigg joined the Fermilab staff in 1974 and led the Theoretical Physics Department for a decade during its formative years. He shared the American Physical Society's J. J. Sakurai Prize for outstanding achievements in particle theory and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. When not contemplating Nature's secrets, he can be found hiking Europe's long-distance trails.
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