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A Brief History of Particle Physics: Electron to Higgs Boson
MRIC 2012/13

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“A Brief History of Particle Physics: Electron to Higgs Boson”

Phil Deutchman
Professor Emeritus of Physics
University of Idaho

April 10- 7:00 p.m.
Albertson Building, Room 101

This presentation, aimed at a general audience, will be a guided tour through the history of particle physics, starting with the discovery of the electron in 1897 up to the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson.  The talk will be a qualitative and schematic discussion (mathematics kept to a minimum) emphasizing only the main and simplest ideas in the exciting history of particle physics. The so-called “Standard Model” will be introduced with an emphasis on the role the Higgs Field plays in providing mass to the fundamental particles that have been discovered.  
Phil Deutchman taught physics at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Idaho for 34 years before retiring in 2002.  He conducted research in Nuclear and Particle Theory. His interests are in understanding the fundamental ideas, interpretations and phenomena described by Quantum Physics and Relativity.  His hope is to convey the pleasure and excitement contained in these ideas to audiences curious about such notions.  
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