A massive loss to the physics community
April 9, 2024 6:53 PM   Subscribe

"Besides his outstanding contributions to particle physics, Peter was a very special person, a man of rare modesty, a great teacher and someone who explained physics in a very simple and profound way." [...] "His prediction of the existence of the particle that bears his name was a deep insight, and its discovery at Cern in 2012 was a crowning moment that confirmed his understanding of the way the Universe works." "Even though he didn’t much enjoy it, he felt a responsibility to use the public profile his achievements brought him for the good of science, and he did so many times. The particle that carries his name is perhaps the single most stunning example of how seemingly abstract mathematical ideas can make predictions which turn out to have huge physical consequences."
Peter Higgs, physicist who proposed Higgs boson, dies aged 94 posted by Rhaomi (25 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by clavdivs at 7:17 PM on April 9 [5 favorites]


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posted by humbug at 7:46 PM on April 9


A+++ title, and

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posted by quazichimp at 9:03 PM on April 9


People who can do physics...

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posted by sammyo at 1:25 AM on April 10


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Higgs is a great example of ‘The fox publishes many things, but the hedgehog publishes one big thing' paraphrased from Archilochus, Erasmus, Berlin [that would be Languagehat]. The productivity failure article cited above gave me a rush of empathy. Three of the most interesting, public-engaging, well-travelled, widely-read, student-inspiring faculty at my alma mater were all at one time up before the beak for not publishing enough. Least Publishable Units LPUs are countable but that doesn't make them valuable - even collectively.
posted by BobTheScientist at 1:48 AM on April 10 [15 favorites]


That 2013 productivity-failure article gets better and better as it goes on. "If they believe that story about creation in seven days, are they being intelligent?" "I'm rather cynical about the way the honours system is used, frankly." "My attitude [towards Scottish independence] would depend a little bit on how much progress the lunatic right of the Conservative party makes in trying to get us out of Europe." Farewell, prof, you were my kinda guy.
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posted by lalochezia at 4:08 AM on April 10


Now that we’ve found the Higgs Boson, he can finally have a funeral Mass.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:30 AM on April 10 [7 favorites]


Except he was an atheist, and that would be profoundly disrespectful.

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posted by UhOhChongo! at 8:51 AM on April 10


My condolences to his surviving partner, John Boson.
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