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Higgs Boson theory depicted in new artwork on display at Imperial

Mark Tovell

Artwork hangs in the Central Library as part of international tour of academic institutions - <em>News</em>

Thursday 16 July 2009
By Naomi Weston

An artwork depicting the elusive Higgs Boson particle is on display in the Central Library on Imperial's South Kensington Campus as part of its tour of scientific institutions around the world.

Politics, Solid State and the Higgs, by artist Mark Tovell, uses a computer simulation of  the Higgs Boson, a theorised particle which could explain the origin of mass in the universe. Alongside the image, there are five easy-to-understand explanations of what the Higgs Boson is, which were written in response to a challenge issued to scientists in 1993 by then Science Minister William Waldegrave, who was having difficulties in grasping the complex theory.

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Two former Heads of Physics at Imperial, Professors Tom Kibble and Ian Butterworth, are each the author of a winning entry and received a bottle of champagne for their contributions.

The artwork will hang in the Wolfson IT learning suite on level 1 of the Central Library for five months. It has visited Oxford University's Radcliffe Library, UCL's Science Library and after Imperial it will go onto visit CERN's Research Library and Dallas' University Library, all places linked to the academics who submitted the winning explanations.

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