Public lectures

Oxford Physics: Going Public

An exciting series of lectures about the research at Oxford Physics take place throughout the academic year. To sign-up for monthly notifications about events please sign-up here:

Past events include:

Prof Linda T Elkins Tanton delivers the first Lobanov-Rostovsky Lecture in Planetary Geology
Building Earth-like Planets: from gas and dust to ocean worlds
25 October 2013

Professor Sir Christopher Llewellyn Smith,
Waiting for Higgs
8 November 2013

The text book history of the discovery of a mechanism that can give mass to gauge bosons, which implies the existence of a Higgs boson or bosons, glosses over many convolutions. I will review what actually happened, who did what, and why the work of Higgs and others did not excite much attention initially. I will then describe, from a personal perspective, how it became mainstream in the 1970s and 1980s before reviewing searches for Higgs bosons at LEP and then the LHC. Finally I will touch briefly on the discovery of a (probably ‘the’) Higgs boson at CERN, announced on 4 July 2012, and its implications.