A Glimpse at the Human Side of Scientific Discovery

With the recent Nobel Prize announcements, the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle is a pretty exciting one (and one that Peter Higgs has been pursuing diligently for over 40 years). This discovery is quite a complex one so rather us than trying to flesh it out and explain it, here is a clip from PhD comics:

Now that you have a better idea of all of the work that went into this discovery, it is easy to understand how emotional it would be to share it with the researcher’s peers. This video shows the moment when evidence of the Higgs Boson is shared with CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research and one of the most respected scientific organizations in the world). Dr. Higgs is the gentleman that the video pans to after the discovery is shared and the audience starts to applaud.

It’s quite an incredible and rare glimpse at the meaning that this discoveries and accomplishments hold for the scientists, engineers and mathematicians that spend their life’s work bringing theories to demonstrated fact. We don’t always get to see/share the human side of STEM and we think this is a poignant example of just that.


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