The God Particle? What is the Higgs Boson?

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One year ago on July 4th , 2012, scientists at Cern, the particle physics lab near Geneva, announced that they had found overwhelming evidence for the long sought-after Higgs Boson, often nicknamed the "God particle". The discovery of the Higgs, which is named after British physicist Peter Higgs, is ranked as one of the most important scientific advances of the past 100 years. It proves there is an invisible energy field that gives mass to the smallest building blocks of matter.

What does that mean? Where are we now because of it? In GRITtv’s Manhattan studios with Nobel Committee physicist Dr. Mats Larsson, renowned action specialist, choreographer Elizabeth Streb and former Newsweek Bureau Chief, Professor Neil Hickey, Laura Flanders sat down to find out what the fuss was all about.

Dr. Mats Larsson, a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Professor of Physics at Stockholm University in Sweden, was made chair of the Research Committee of the Swedish National Space Board in 2001 and was also chair of the Evaluation Committee for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Fusion Research and Plasma Physics of the Swedish Research Council from 2001 to 2003.

This conversation was produced with GRITtv by the H.G. Fairfield Arts Center for the Environment, under the direction of Kim Blacklock. Distributed by OneLoad.com

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