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Your Higgs number-how fundamental physics is connected to technology and societal revolutions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Physics.
2015 (English)In: Physica Scripta, ISSN 0031-8949, E-ISSN 1402-4896, Vol. 90, no 2, 028002Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Fundamental physics, as exemplified by the recently discovered Higgs boson, often appears to be completely disconnected from practical applications and ordinary human life. But this is not really the case, because science, technology, and human affairs are profoundly integrated in ways that are not immediately obvious. We illustrate this by defining a 'Higgs number' through overlapping activities. Following three different paths, which end respectively in applications of the World Wide Web, digital photography, and all modern electronic devices, we find that most people have a Higgs number of no greater than 3.

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2015. Vol. 90, no 2, 028002
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Higgs boson, BEH mechanism, superconductivity, integrated circuit, worldwide web, internet, electronics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-247682DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/90/2/028002ISI: 000349310200041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-247682DiVA: diva2:797281
Available from: 2015-03-23 Created: 2015-03-23 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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