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Why the 'Higgs'?

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Science  14 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6100, pp. 1287
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6100.1287

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The physics behind the Higgs boson was first reported in August 1964 by Francois Englert and the late Robert Brout of the Free University of Brussels. Yet the particle bears the name of Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh. Why? Mistaken citations could be at fault, Frank Close of the University of Oxford wrote in his book The Infinity Puzzle.