In October, something very special happened to me. There, on the doorstep, a Higgs boson sat, waiting to be picked up and unwrapped from his packaging (and yes, I can confirm, he is a he).
Of course, he wasn’t the same Higgs boson physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) were looking for, he was a Higgs boson plushie from Julie Peason’s Particle Zoo.
Since that day, Higgsy (as I affectionately call him) has been sitting on my desk, watching me write, whilst holding down a stack of papers when I have my office window open.
Yesterday, I received some more good news via email from my friend Julie, the Particle Zookeeper. The particle physicist whom the Higgs boson is named after has also discovered his very own Higgs boson… at his home in Scotland!
Truth be told, Julie posted the famous physicist the Higgs boson plushie, so Higgsy kinda found Prof. Higgs himself, but it still makes for a wonderful little story. Professor Peter Higgs has his very own Higgs boson!
The Higgs boson will be making himself very useful around Peter Higgs’ office. Apparently, “Professor Higgs loves his boson, he will use it as a paperweight.” Superb!
For more on Julie Peason and her great LA-based company, Particle Zoo, check out the interview I did with her last September. If you want to own your very own Higgs particle (or one of the other candidates from the vastness that is the standard, and not-so-standard model of particle physics), check out The Particle Zoo.