The Discovery of the Higgs Boson

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Should we be excited about the Higgs Boson? Find out more about particle physics and understanding the universe.

You will learn about:

  • the theory of matter and light
  • QED to QCD and the weak force
  • the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism
  • the Standard Model.

The course requires a basic level of mathematical skills, to the level of a final-year school pupil or equivalent.

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Learner reviews
The course perfectly balances between the theoretical and experimental aspects, and the instructors could not have been better. There are also comprehensive interviews with Professor Higgs himself.
  • Programme type
    Course: study a subject through videos, articles, discussions and quizzes
  • Cost and certification
    Free, with option to upgrade for a certificate
  • Duration
    7 weeks
  • Weekly effort
    3-5 hours
  • Difficulty level
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