Since July of this year, the blogosphere, twitterverse, and various other media outlets have been abuzz with excitement surrounding the discovery of an elusive and special particle called the Higgs Boson. Or at least of something that very certainly resembles the Higgs Boson.
Scientists have searched and postulated about this particle for decades, so when data from the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) confirmed their suspicion of the particle’s existence, people around the world stopped both to celebrate and ask “what does it mean?” Sean Carroll’s new book, The Particle at the End of the Universe, attempts to answer just that. It is all about the Higgs, the LHC, and how the discovery impacts our understanding of the universe, and it’s being released today! I’m looking forward to picking up my copy soon!
Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to attend several talks and presentations about the Higgs and the LHC, so I thought today would also be a good day to share some Higgs Boson-themed sketchnotes.
The first is from a talk at a Science Cafe night in the Daily Planet Cafe at the Nature Research Center in downtown Raleigh. A few months ago they brought in NCSU physicist Dean Lee to talk to us about the Higgs Boson in an interview.
These two are from the same ScienceWriters 2012 talk. They were done by the amazing Perrin Ireland on giant foam board.
Photos of Perrin’s scribes by Russ Creech.