Exploding the myths about the Higgs


By Michael Brooks Sean Carroll’s book on the Higgs boson is a gripping but involved read, says Michael Brooks THE Higgs boson might be the most misrepresented particle in the universe. Contrary to popular conception, for instance, it’s not the source of all our mass. If the Higgs suddenly ceased to exist, you wouldn’t lose much weight. Not that you’d want to do without it altogether. As Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, points out in this excellent book, the Higgs does make a significant contribution to the mass of the electron,
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