Scientists celebrate Nobel Prize behind Higgs boson
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 01:22
Oct. 8 - With news of the Higgs boson taking home the Nobel Prize, the two leading scientists behind the discovery celebrate. Nathan Frandino reports.
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As Francois Englert paces inside his Belgian home, he can tell he's being watched.
Outside the press is waiting, hoping for a clean shot and soundbite.
Englert gives in.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) NOBEL PRIZE WINNER FOR PHYSICS FRANCOIS ENGLERT, SAYING:
"I am not sad. I am not sad. This is good. It has been a while."
The good he's referring to comes from joining an elite club: winners of the Nobel Prize for physics.
He and fellow scientist Peter Higgs earned the award for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR INSUBATOMIC PHYSICS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PHYSICS SECTION AT THE ROYAL SWEDISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, GUNNAR INGELMEN, SAYING:
"The theoretical mechanism that Englert and Higgs proposed and which led to this Higgs particle explains why fundamental particles have mass and we all know that mass is an important property - we feel it daily."
At a press conference back in Belgium, Englert said the particle's discovery will in the future help to understand the origins of the universe.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) NOBEL PRIZE WINNER FOR PHYSICS, FRANCOIS ENGLERT, SAYING:
"This marks important progress in our understanding of the world, in our understanding of elementary particles, in our understanding of the field of cosmology and perhaps one day in the scientific understanding of the origin of the universe."
The discovery was hailed as one of the most important in physics.
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