10,000 sign up for Peter Higgs course

Professor Peter Higgs. Picture: Jane Barlow
Professor Peter Higgs. Picture: Jane Barlow
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More than 10,000 people have signed up for an online course to study the work of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Peter Higgs.

The free seven-week course, called The Discovery of the Higgs boson, begins this week and is being run by the University of Edinburgh where Prof Higgs worked when he developed the “God particle” theory.

His concept sparked a 40-year hunt for the Higgs boson, which culminated in July 2012 when a team from the European nuclear research facility at Cern in Geneva found a particle that fitted the description.

Professor Arthur Trew, head of the school of physics and astronomy, said: “Prof Higgs’ research has provided us with profound insight into the building blocks of the universe and this course will allow anyone with a computer and access to the web to take part in the exciting and revolutionary times that we live in.”

The course is being run on the FutureLearn platform, a partnership of 23 universities.