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The Origin of Mass: Elementary Particles and Fundamental Symmetries

John Iliopoulos


Why do most ‘elementary particles’ which form the constituents of all matter have a non-zero mass? Strange question, apparently in contradiction with our physical intuition. In this little book we attempt to explain that the question is far from being trivial and that the answer can be found in the recent discovery of a new particle in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva. We offer the reader a guided tour, starting from the tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang, when all particles have been created, to the present experiments we perform in our laboratories. We show that ... More

Keywords: Big Bang, CERN, elementary particle, mass, symmetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198805175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Iliopoulos, author
Director of Research Emeritus, École Normale Supérieure