tisdag 19 augusti 2008

The man with the answer to life, the universe and (nearly) everything

Intressant artikel om mannen bakom Higgspartikeln: Peter Higgs
The man with the answer to life, the universe and (nearly) everything - Times Online

Man kan undra sig varför alla kallar den Higgspartikeln. Min gissning är den något anglofila inställningen. Läs följande lilla anekdot:
Although the god particle is technically called Higgs boson after Peter Higgs, Higgs work was preceded by the work of two others. They are Robert Brout and Francois Englert. They published their independent work a few weeks earlier than Higgs. Somehow Higgs name got stuck as the name of the particle. One of Higgs’ colleagues presented a seminar in Germany and described the particle as Higgs particle. Robert Brout was sitting there in the front row and when the lecturer saw him and realized his mistake, he tried to amend it by saying, “Of course I know this was also discovered by others but I refer to it with the shortest name. ‘My name has five letters too,’ piped Brout,”

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