What is the Higgs Boson, and why is it named after Higgs? A recent conference insisted that speakers should not use this name: has political correctness overtaken scholarship? This talk gives a non technical background to the ideas, and explains who did what, in the 50 year history of the theory unifying electromagnetic and weak interactions, the birth of hidden symmetry and its role in inspiring the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. It is suitable for scientists in general and is based on my recent popular book The Infinity Puzzle.
Tea and doughnuts provided.
Our General Interest Seminars are an opportunity for distinguished speakers to present new research in physics and related areas. The material presented is suitable for undergraduate level upwards and all members of the School are welcome to attend..