What is the Higgs boson?

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The discovery of the so-called “God Particle” or Higgs boson has revolutionized the way leading physicists understand the universe.

Researchers discovered the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland on July 4th. But what would have happened if the U.S. Congress hadn’t terminated funding for the “Supercolliding Super Conductor” in 1993? Could the U.S. have taken the lead in this groundbreaking discovery?

Michael Eric Dyson on Friday asked Leonard Mlodinow, Physicist at Cal-Tech in Pasadena, author of “Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.” 

What is the Higgs boson?

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