Summary

The discovery of the Higgs boson is a triumph of modern physics. The hunt for the Higgs was the subject of wide media attention due to the cost of the project, the complexity of the experiment, and the importance of its result. And, when it was announced with great fanfare in 2012 that physicists has succeeded in creating and identifying this all-important new particle, the discovery was celebrated around the world.
And yet, virtually no one who read that news could tell you what, exactly, the Higgs boson was, and why its discovery was so important that we had to spend 10 billion dollars and build the single largest and most complex device in the history of mankind in order to find it. When you understand the details, this story ranks as one of the most thrilling in the history of modern science.
Award-winning theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, a brilliant researcher as well as a gifted speaker who excels in explaining scientific concepts to the public, is perfectly positioned to tell this story. In this 12-lecture masterpiece of scientific reporting, you'll learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of this discovery, including the basics of quantum mechanics; the four forces that comprise the Standard Model of particle physics; how these forces are transmitted by fields and particles; and the importance of symmetry in physics.
You also get an in-depth view of the Large Hadron Collider - the largest machine ever built, and the device responsible for finally revealing the concept of the Higgs boson as reality. By the end, you'll understand how the Higgs boson verifies the final piece in the Standard Model of particle physics, and how its discovery validates and deepens our understanding of the universe.
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By Miakatt on 14-03-16

Enlightening

Even after completing a PhD in experimental physics at CERN, including courses in field theory and the standard model, I found this lecture series explained the subject so well that it was like watching a very complicated jigsaw coming together. Brilliantly explained.

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By Roger Marlow on 22-06-16

Beyond the usual pop science treatment

I had almost given up on popular expositions of modern physics: clichéd, patronising and hackneyed. This course could not be more different. What a joy to hear an expert in full flow, in full command of the subject and not glossing, skipping over difficult concepts or resorting to feeble analogies. You feel as if he is speaking to you as a peer, as someone who is designing detectors at CERN or working with the standard model. I will be listening again and learning as much the second time round.

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By Jon Dahl on 12-03-15

Very well done

Sean Carroll gives a great summary about the history and discovery of the Higgs boson. The depth of which he explains is really good for those with some knowledge about particle physics, but you don't need to know too much about the subject and still not get lost in all the details.

I recommend listening to "Particle Physics for Non-Phycisists: A Tour of the Microcosmos" before diving in to this one. It gives a lot of good background information about the elementary particles as well as the different forces. "The Higgs Boson..." goes in some depth into the weak force, and I would say it is crucial to have some knowledge in this field before starting the lecture.

Sean Carroll is really experienced and great at giving these lectures. I also recommend "Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time" by Sean Carroll.

What are you waiting for? Give it a go!

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By Jerome Robbins on 25-02-15

Masterfully done

This lecturer provides sufficient background to make comprehensible a very arcane body of knowledge based on.complex mathematics while only alluding to the math and not requiring the listener to get lost in those details.

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