A Philosophical Look at the Higgs Mechanism

Simon Friederich*

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On the occasion of the recent experimental detection of a Higgs-type particle at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the paper reviews philosophical aspects of the Higgs mechanism as the presently preferred account of the generation of particle masses in the Standard Model of elementary particle physics and its most discussed extensions. The paper serves a twofold purpose: on the one hand, it offers an introduction to the Higgs mechanism and its most interesting philosophical aspects to readers not familiar with it; on the other hand, it clarifies widespread misunderstandings related to the role of gauge symmetries and their breaking in it.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)335-350
Aantal pagina's16
TijdschriftJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - okt-2014
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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