Category Archives: Particle Physics

The Standard Model – TEDEd Lesson

I may have mentioned before, the Standard Model is about 50 years old now. It embodies a huge amount of human endeavour and understanding, and I try to explain it in my book, A Map of the Invisible (or Atom … Continue reading

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James Stirling

Today I got the terrible news of the untimely death of Professor James Stirling. A distinguished particle physicist and until August the Provost of Imperial College London, he will be remembered with fondness and admiration by many. Even astronomers – … Continue reading

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Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking – review

Back in the Guardian (well, the Observer actually) with a review of Stephen Hawking’s final book . A couple of paragraphs didn’t make the edit; no complaints from me about that, but I put them here mainly for the sake of … Continue reading

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The trouble-makers of particle physics

The chances are you have heard quite a bit about the Higgs boson. The goody-two-shoes of particle physics, it may have been hard to find, but when it was discovered it was just as the theory – the Standard Model … Continue reading

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