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Pages: 26. Chapters: Peter Higgs, Jozef T. Devreese, Jim
Al-Khalili, Willis Jackson, Baron Jackson of Burnley, Mazhar
Mahmood Qurashi, Philip Beckley, Farzana Aslam, Meredith Thring,
Nicholas J. Phillips, Robert James Clayton, Robert P. Crease,
Hermann Hauser, Roger Cashmore, Philip Campbell, Michael Berry,
Sergei Kapitsa, Brian Flowers, Baron Flowers, Mark Brake, Richard
Pike, Carole Jordan, Michael Duff, Rodney Cotterill, James
Gimzewski, John Pendry, Heather Reid, Peter Knight, Bruce Allen,
Brian Cantor, Bill Wakeham, Bernard Tan, Anthony Kelly, George
Bacon, Gilbert Stead, Brian Oakley, Armand de Waele, John
McWhirter, Derrick Crothers, Brian Fender, Thomas F Krauss, Colin
Humphreys, Richard Sillitto, Charles J. Joachain, Greg Parker,
Peter M. A. Sherwood. Excerpt: Peter Ware Higgs, FRS, FRSE, FKC
(born 29 May 1929), is an English theoretical physicist and an
emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh. He is best known
for his 1960s proposal of broken symmetry in electroweak theory,
explaining the origin of mass of elementary particles in general
and of the W and Z bosons in particular. This so-called Higgs
mechanism, which had several inventors besides Higgs, predicts the
existence of a new particle, the Higgs boson (often described as
"the most sought-after particle in modern physics"). Although this
particle has not turned up in accelerator experiments so far, the
Higgs mechanism is generally accepted as an important ingredient in
the Standard Model of particle physics, without which particles
would have no mass. Prof. Higgs has been honored with a number of
awards in recognition of his work, including the 1997 Dirac Medal
and Prize for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics from
the Institute of Physics, the 1997 High Energy and Particle Physics
Prize by the European Physical Society, the 2004 Wolf Prize in
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