The Higgs Boson and Beyond
The Dark Side of the Universe
The Higgs Boson and Beyond is a set of 12 half-hour lectures, available on DVD from The Great Courses. See also my other courses: Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time, and Dark Matter, Dark Energy.
The Great Courses
The search for, and ultimate discovery of, the Higgs boson is a triumph of modern physics—a global, half-century effort whose outcome would make or break the vaunted Standard Model of particle physics. The hunt for the Higgs was the subject of wide media attention due to the cost of the project, the complexity of the experiment, and the importance of its result. And, when it was announced with great fanfare in 2012 that physicists has succeeded in creating and identifying this all-important new particle, the discovery was justly celebrated around the world.
And yet, virtually no one who happily read that news could tell you what, exactly, the Higgs boson was, and why its discovery was so important that we had to spend 10 billion dollars and build the single largest and most complex device in the history of mankind in order to find it. When you truly understand the details, this story ranks as one of the most fascinating, important, and thrilling in the history of modern physics.
The Importance of the Higgs Boson
Quantum Field Theory
Atoms to Particles
The Power of Symmetry
The Higgs Field
Mass and Energy
Particle Accelerators and Detectors
The Large Hadron Collider
Capturing the Higgs Boson
Beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Frontiers: Higgs in Space
Comments on the course, from email or elsewhere.
- “YAY!” –Someone
- “Awesome sauce.”–Someone Else
This will probably direct people to The Particle at the End of the Universe.