Peter Higgs

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Scientist: Wait, I Won a Nobel Prize?!

Found out from woman on the street

(Newser) - Peter Higgs—namesake of the Higgs boson—may be a groundbreaking physicist, but he is not a cellphone owner. That's why the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics didn't even know he'd won ... until a woman on the street told him so. As he was... More »

Higgs, Englert Win Nobel Prize for 'God Particle'

Physics prize delayed by an hour

(Newser) - Five decades after they first theorized the existence of the so-called "God particle," physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics today, the AP reports. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised the scientists' "theoretical discovery of a... More »

Scientists in Catfight to Rename Higgs

Name makes Peter Higgs a 'rock star,' fellow theorist complains

(Newser) - Amid rumors that this year's Nobel Prize for Physics will go to the Higgs boson theory, some scientists say the particle's name should be changed so that all the glory doesn't go to British physicist Peter Higgs. At a press conference last year to announce the particle'... More »

Hawking Out $100 Over Higgs Discovery

He bet Michigan prof that particle would never be found

(Newser) - The apparent discovery of the Higgs boson particle has come at a cost to Stephen Hawking: The world-renowned physicist has lost a $100 bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that it wouldn't be found. "It seems I have just lost $100," Hawking tells the BBC . "... More »

Physicists: Bird From the Future Damaged Collider

Theory says the universe is sabotaging the big experiment

(Newser) - CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is having a tough time getting on its feet—construction delays, birds, etc.—but now two physicists have a novel theory about why: The experiment is so “abhorrent” to God, or nature, that the universe is conspiring to sabotage it. When scientists get... More »

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