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Learning enough to understand the Higgs boson prediction?

  1. Oct 27, 2009 #1
    If I wanted to learn just enough physics and maths to understand the predicted existence of the Higgs boson, how long would that take? (Assuming average undergrad ability).

    If you view the prediction as the top point of a pyramid of knowledge, how big is that pyramid?
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  3. Oct 27, 2009 #2


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    One thing about physics is that you can't learn it in bits and pieces. Every part of physics is interconnected.

    For example, the Higgs mechanism came out of condensed matter physics. It doesn't mean that you have to learn condensed matter physics, but it means that you actually have to learn physics, because the "mathematics" and the physical concept transcends any particular area.

  4. Oct 27, 2009 #3
    I wonder how do you see the Higgs boson "prediction" right now, at this stage? Is it a great discovery (theoretical) in your opinion? Can you describe your feelings about it, please?
  5. Feb 17, 2010 #4
    they just recently built the large hadron collider witch will hopefully show the existence of higgs
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