Finding the Higgs Particle: Introduction

Hi, everyone! My name is Gerardo and in this series of posts I will share with you the contents of a book called “Finding the Higgs Particle: Behind the Origin of Mass”, whose original title in Japanese is “ヒッグス粒子の見つけ方—質量の起源を追う.” The book is an introduction to particle physics for the general public, and it intends to explain what the Higgs boson is, its importance, and what scientists do nowadays in order to find it, within the context of the experiments carried out at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The book consists of the following chapters:

Chapter 1: The mass of elemental particles that defines the shape of the universe.

Chapter 2: The world of the elemental particles.

Chapter 3: The biggest mystery in the world of elemental particles: The origin of mass.

Chapter 4: Looking into the world or particles through accelerators.

Chapter 5: Finding the Higgs particle.

Chapter 6: Beyond the discovery of the Higgs particle.

The reason I chose this book to start this series of reviews is that I took a course based on it during my freshman year at Nagoya University. The professor was precisely the main author of the book, a physicist who has worked directly at the LHC. The name of the course was “basic seminar” and it is a course that every student at my university must take, in which the students join a 12-people class (we get to choose from many classes, each with a different topic).

The objective of the course was to encourage students to discuss and to develop their research and presentation skills. For this reason, each entry in this series will be a summary of a part of the book, followed by some questions whose purpose will be to encourage you to start a discussion in the comments section, either on the blog, on the video, or on our social media posts.

It is important to notice, however, that the book was written in Japanese, and I’m neither Japanese nor a physicist, so there might be many mistakes in my posts, but that is also part of the experience of these reviews and I hope that you will look for stuff that you find odd, and if you find anything you don’t agree with, you can start a discussion about it.

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(The Featured Image was produced by CERN).

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