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“What is Mass?” February 25, 2013, 6:30 pm

with Tim Gorringe, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy

Students are introduced to mass in elementary school as a property of an object like size, shape, color, etc.   But what is mass?   Where does mass come from?

In the world's largest physics experiment in history, teams of thousands of scientists working in Switzerland at CERN's $10,000,000,000 Large Hadron Collider believe they have discovered the origins of mass. Their claim is based on the discovery of the Higgs particle which is fundamental evidence for the existence of the Higgs field.

It is surely one of the biggest scientific discoveries of our lifetime and will presumably earn a Nobel Prize for British physicist Peter Higgs.  But what is this mysterious Higgs field and how does the field give mass to you and me?

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