The Discovery of the Higgs Boson

Science  21 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6114, pp. 1524-1525
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6114.1524

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No recent scientific advance has generated more hoopla than this one. On 4 July, researchers working with the world's biggest atom smasher—the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland—announced that they had spotted a particle that appears to be the long-sought Higgs boson, the last missing piece in physicists' standard model of fundamental particles and forces. The news captured the imagination of people around the world, and now, Science has chosen it as its Breakthrough of the Year.