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Who Cares about Particle Physics?: Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN

Pauline Gagnon

Abstract

Particle physics is too much fun to leave it only to physicists! CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, regularly makes the news, but why are fundamental research and the discovery of the Higgs boson so important? What kind of research happens at this international laboratory and how does it impact people’s daily lives? Particle physics describes all matter found on Earth, in stars and in all galaxies and now it is attempting to explain dark matter, a form of matter five times more prevalent than but different from the already known regular matter. How do we know this mysterious d ... More

Keywords: particle physics, CERN, Large Hadron Collider, LHC, dark matter, diversity, women, fundamental research, benefits of research, international collaboration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783244
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783244.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pauline Gagnon, author
Senior Research Scientist, Indiana University, USA