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What is the Higgs boson?

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

We know that the discovery of the Higgs boson is a big deal but... what exactly is it? Dr. Alfredo Carpineti (@DrCarpineti) explained the Higgs boson to us, and we turned the explanation into this video.

For another beautifully illustrated explanation of the Higgs boson and how it was discovered, visit this NYTimes slideshow.

This was a question from the #MendeleyWall, a giant wall in the Mendeley booth at the New Scientist Live conference where people wrote down the questions they had for science.

Illustrated by Claudia Stocker (, edited by Lisa Dennison of Science Sketches, background music by Jeff Woodruff of Science Sketches.

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