Congrats Peter Higgs! It looks like you got it right in 1964.
Now this is kinda cool but wouldn’t it have cooler if CERN hadn’t found the Higg’s Boson. I might have to have re-saddled the horse. Because if the Standard Model is true then in a sense that is a bit dull, really. I mean the truth might be dull but whilst it may be true it is still dull. A failure to find the Higg’s boson would have been much more interesting.
Physics note. Particles called bosons are named for Satyendra Nath Bose and they are essentially integer spin. Politics note. Joe Stalin liked ‘em. You see Bose-Einstein statistics (unlike Fermi-Dirac statistics) allow all particles to drop to the same energy level. This is a fact of nature which has fuck-all to do with politics but fermions obey the Pauli exclusion principle because of their half-integer spin so they have to have different energy levels (it’s a little tricky to explain why - sorry very tricky to explain why - but Uncle Joe didn’t like them because they wouldn’t “collectivise”). Bosons basically are forces and fermions are matter. They make you and me. And everything else. If you have a hamster it is fermions held together by bosons. Or a cheese sandwich. Or a pair of trousers. Or anything. Even dear old Joe Stalin was made of non-collectivising fermions held together by bosons.