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The Higgs boson: Gotcha!

Beyond Einstein’s theory of relativity, the time for breakthroughs in quantum physics is not over by a long shot. After five decades, billions of dollars and millions of man-hours, British physicist Peter Higgs has good reason for celebration. Along with four other scientists, he made a discovery that puts the finishing flourish on the “Standard Model”, the best explanation to date for how the universe works – except in the domain of gravity, of course. The Economist examines several reasons why it has taken nearly half a century to make this breakthrough. Now, finally, “gotcha!” is in order.

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