More and More Particles: From the Particle Zoo to the Standard Model of Elementary Particle Physics
In general, physicists are considered rather sober individuals. Only in exceptional situations can we observe collective emotional outbursts within their ranks. On July 4, 2012 such a moment had come! On that day, the European Nuclear Research Center CERN, headquarters of the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), announced that it had detected the Higgs boson, a particle that physicists had been seeking for decades as the last missing link in the Standard Model of particle physics.