Etymology of the “God Particle”

How a backfired joke gave the Higgs boson its popular nickname

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Sunset at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in North Carolina.

“I was really rather annoyed about that book…I mean it was one of [Leon] Lederman’s little jokes, and I think it’s rather backfired.” — Peter Higgs

“There is a sort of mythology that grows up about what happened, which is different from what really did happen.” — Peter Higgs, on the early days (1960s)

Pruning the “tangled thicket” of Kühner (Keener) Genealogie in Amerika and reflecting on its relevance to current events.

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