The Standard Model at Fifty

At the beginning of June 2018, I gave an (academic) talk on the discovery of the Higgs boson at a meeting at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) to celebrate fifty years of the Standard Model – the SM@50.

20180603_112015The list of speakers was without doubt the most eminent collection of physicists I have ever  been a part of. In alphabetical order, and mostly with links to the reasons for their eminence:



Most of their signatures are on the poster above.

I think any particle physicist, and probably most physicists, will recognise a few of their scientific heroes there. I did, enough to give me a hint of imposter syndrome at the start of my talk before I remembered that I was standing there not as an individual but as a representative of thousands, so I had better get on with it and not let the side down.

I think I did ok. If you want you can judge that for yourself by watching the recording below, or perhaps more interestingly see the rest of the talks, since they are all now available here. They vary in academic level and in presentational quality (being a great physicist is not the same thing as being a great speaker!) but some of them are really wonderful and also quite accessible I think.

Some of us also did a reddit Iama.

Many thanks to Case, especially Glenn and Bryan, for putting on such a memorable meeting (and for inviting me to it).

About Jon Butterworth

UCL Physics prof, works on LHC, writes (books, Guardian Science and elsewhere). Citizen of England, UK, Europe & Nowhere, apparently.
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