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Researches Who Theorized 'God Particle' Get Physics Nobel

NPR | Oct. 8, 2013 4:24 p.m.

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Geoffrey Brumfiel

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to François Englert of Belgium, and British scientist Peter W. Higgs. The two scientists independently, and at almost exactly the same time, proposed the existence of the so-called “God particle” or Higgs boson as part of a mechanism that explains how the universe works at the most fundamental level. Their theory was recently confirmed by experiments this summer at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.

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