OSU Professor Explains “The God Particle”

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Richard Hughes (right) has been part of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.(Photo: Richard Hughes)
Richard Hughes (right) has been part of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment.(Photo: Richard Hughes)

Scientists at the world’s largest atom smasher hailed the discovery of “the missing cornerstone of physics” last week, cheering the apparent end of a decades-long quest for a new subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, often called “the God particle.”

It earned that weighty nickname because physicists think it can explain why all matter has mass and crack open a new realm of subatomic science. For a better understanding, WOSU’s Steve Brown spoke with one the Higgs boson research team’s members: Ohio State University physicist Richard Hughes. Click the play button above to hear their conversation.

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