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Seth Zenz | Imperial College London | UK

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My Sister on the Higgs Boson’s Unfortunate Nickname

Hey, Seth here.  When you last met my sister, she had just graduated from MIT.  Since then, she has moved to Berkeley, gone to (and worked for)  a cooking school, and started an internship at Tikkun magazine.  I don’t mention this to indulge my brotherly instinct to make fun of her for trying so many different things — which I am the first to admit is quite unfair anyway — but rather to point you to the first results of her latest project.  As part of her magazine internship, she’s writing a series of blog entries about science, and her first piece was on the Higgs boson and its unfortunate nickname, “the God particle.”  She’s done more background research than I’ve ever done, but I’m pleased to note that her conclusions are the same as mine: that term wasn’t physicists’ idea, we don’t like it, and it keeps getting used because it’s dramatic press.  You can read what she wrote here.

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