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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh

From the Infinite to the Infinitesimal: Birth of a Higgs Boson

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Lord Kelvin Prize Lecture

The sizes of objects are determined by a small number of physical parameters. We explore how the physics at large scales is determined by the properties of the smallest particles. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) enables us to explore sizes less than a thousandth of that of the atomic nucleus. The discovery of the Higgs Boson is reviewed, where the unique role of this scalar field in determining the masses of these particles is emphasised. As we enter a new era in fundamental science, the talk explored how understanding infinitesimal scalar fields could change our view of the infinite Universe.

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Professor Anthony Doyle FRSE, Professor of Physics, University of Glasgow