Massive Discovery: Fiction about Supercolliders
The scientific community celebrated this week's announcement that the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has found evidence of the elusive Higgs boson, also known as The God Particle. The Higgs boson is one of the basic building blocks of the universe, explaining why the other elementary particles in the Standard Model of particle physics have mass.
British physicist Peter Higgs predicted the existence of the particle in 1964. Now 83 years old, Higgs was present at the announcement on Wednesday.
The discovery was made possible by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle celerator. Supercolliders like the LHC are featured in these novels:
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Anti-matter created at the LHC is weaponized and used against the Vatican.
Blasphemy by Douglas J. Preston
A battle between science and religion takes place when scientists search for the God Particle.
Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer
The entire world is given a peek at the future when a CERN experiment goes wrong.
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A Hole in Texas by Herman Wouk
A battle for international science supremacy is launched after Chinese physicists discover Higgs bosons before the Americans.
Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo
A Higgs boson experiment backfires, opens gateways to other worlds, and causes an alien/human war.