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Peter Higgs

Fecha de nacimiento: 29. Mayo 1929

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Peter Ware Higgs es un físico británico conocido por su proposición en los años 1960 de la ruptura de la simetría en la teoría electrodébil, explicando el origen de la masa de las partículas elementales, en general, y de los bosones W y Z, en particular. Este llamado mecanismo de Higgs predice la existencia de una nueva partícula, el bosón de Higgs, que a menudo se describe como «la partícula más codiciada de la física moderna». Tras el descubrimiento en el CERN de la partícula que lleva su nombre, en el año 2012, recibió el premio Nobel de física en 2013.

Frases Peter Higgs

„When you look at a vacuum in a quantum theory of fields, it isn't exactly nothing.“

— Peter Higgs
in video [http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1019670 Meet Peter Higgs] by CERN (July 2004).

„The point came when people were doing things I didn't feel competent to do myself. I'm not being modest, I honestly get lost. I was lucky in spotting what I did when I did, but there comes a point where you realise what you're doing is not going to be much good.“

— Peter Higgs
Explaining how he came to follow the race for the discovery of the Higgs boson from the sidelines, as quoted by Ian Sample, in The god of small things, The Guardian, Saturday 17 November 2007.

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„There is a sort of mythology that grows up about what happened, which is different from what really did happen.“

— Peter Higgs
About the early days after the proposal of the Higgs mechanism, as quoted by Peter Rodgers, in [http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/19750 Peter Higgs: the man behind the boson], Physics World (July 10, 2004)

„It's very nice to be right sometimes... it has certainly been a long wait.“

— Peter Higgs
In a press conference asked whether he felt a sense of vindication.

„It’s about understanding! Understanding the world!“

— Peter Higgs
Explaining what led him to study theoretical physics, as quoted by Ian Sample, in [http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/nov/17/sciencenews.particlephysics The god of small things], The Guardian, Saturday 17 November 2007.

„This summer I have discovered something totally useless.“

— Peter Higgs
Writing to a colleague about his proposal for a particle at the origin of mass (1964), as quoted in [http://www.sciencescotland.org/feature.php?id=14 The Hunt for the Higgs Boson], Science Scotland, issue no. 3.

„Higgs mechanism should be renamed the “ABEGHHK'tH mechanism”“

— Peter Higgs
During the opening of one conference Peter Higgs attended to. The name is after all of the people (Philip Warren Anderson, Robert Brout, François Englert, Gerry Guralnik, Dick Hagen, Peter Higgs, Tom Kibble and Gerard 't Hooft) who discovered it, or rediscovered it.

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