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Nobel Prize 2008 Article: Unravelling the Hidden Symmetries of Nature

Purpose

To explain in simple terms the subject of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics: Symmetry

Information

Why is there something instead of nothing? Why are there so many different elementary particles? 2008's Nobel Laureates in Physics presented theoretical insights that give us a deeper understanding of what happens far inside the tiniest building blocks of matter. This is an 8 page article published in 2008 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences that explains in non-technical terms to the general public the subject of symmetry. It also provides an overview of the 3 nobel laureates' work on the subject for which they collectively one the 2008 Nobel prize in physics. Subjects included an explanation of the three different principles of symmetry (mirror symmetry, charge symmetry and time symmetry); a historical evolution of research on symmetry, the standard model, broken CP-symmetry, the Higgs Boson, and a brief explanation of the work performed by the 2008 nobel laureates Yoichiro Nambu, Makoto Kobayashi, and Toshihide Maskawa on these subjects.

Post date: Fri, Oct 22, 2010 — 14:25
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:48

Learning Topics

Higgs Boson
Standard Model
SUSY