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A Hole In Texas

By Herman Wouk

A Hole In Texas
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  • Hardcover: Mar 2004,
    288 pages.
    Paperback: Jun 2005,
    288 pages.

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The Higgs particle was first hypothesized by the Scottish scientist Peter Higgs in 1964.  After taking a weekend walk in the Cairngorm Mountains he returned  to his laboratory in Edinburgh on Monday and declared to his colleagues that he had just experienced his 'one big idea' and now had an answer to the mystery of how matter in the universe got its mass. Since then a few billion dollars have been poured into the quest to find the 'Higgs boson' - which, if it exists, has such a central role in defining the universe that it's also known as the God Particle.

You can find out more about the Higgs boson and the Superconducting Super Collider at these two sites (and no doubt many others):
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The Superconducting Super Collider.

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