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Physicist Brian Greene explains Nobel Prize-winning “God particle”

October 8, 2013  • Aaron Myers

Two physicists have earned a Nobel Prize for their proposal of a subatomic particle, the Higgs boson also known as the “God particle.” Billions of dollars were spent in a search to prove the existence of this “God particle,” and it was confirmed in July 2012. But what exactly is the Higgs boson?

In this video, physicist Brian Greene provides a fascinating and easy-to-understand explanation.

Greene delivered this talk at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. He spoke in anticipation of the Higgs boson announcement that ultimately led to the awarding, this week, of the Nobel Prize for physics. The recipients of the prize are British physicist Peter Higgs and Belgian physicist Francois Englert.