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Thousands sign up to study ‘God particle’

Professor Peter Higgs work is subject of popular online course. Picture: Jane Barlow

Professor Peter Higgs work is subject of popular online course. Picture: Jane Barlow

  • by ANGUS HOWARTH
 

More than 10,000 people have signed up for an online course to study the work of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Peter Higgs.

The free seven-week course, entitled The Discovery of the Higgs Boson, begins this week and is being run by the University of Edinburgh where Prof Higgs worked when he developed the “God particle” theory.

The University of Edinburgh said online students will explore the scientific breakthroughs that led to the building of the Large Hadron Collider – the underground device on the Swiss-French border that led to the detection of the boson.

Professor Arthur Trew, head of the school of physics and astronomy, said: “This course will allow anyone with a computer to take part in the exciting and revolutionary times we live in.”

 

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