God particle scientist Professor Peter Higgs made a rare public appearance at London’s Science Museum for the launch of a new “Collider” exhibition.
The £1 million exhibition is devoted to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant atom-smashing machine near Geneva where scientists hunted down the elusive subatomic particle that bears the Edinburgh professor’s name. Prof Higgs predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, which is believed to give other particles mass, in 1964. Because of its fundamental importance it was dubbed the “God particle”.
At a preview of the new exhibition, Prof Higgs enjoyed a tour and took part in a discussion about the story of the discovery with schoolchildren.