Peter Higgs first theorized the existence of the Higgs boson in 1964 and it looks like they may have found it! Here he is pictured at the overnight news conference. He is in his 80s and what a thrill for him.
"We have a discovery," Heuer said at the seminar. "We have observed a new particle consistent with a Higgs boson."
At the meeting were four theorists who helped develop the Higgs theory in the 1960s, including Peter Higgs himself, who could be seen wiping away tears as the announcement was made.
Although preliminary, the results show a so-called five-sigma of significance, which means that there is only a one in a million chance that the Higgs-like signal the teams observed is a statistical fluke."
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