The Construction of the Higgs Mechanism and the Emergence of the Electroweak Theory

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Abstract

I examine the construction process of the “Higgs mechanism” and its subsequent use by Steven Weinberg to formulate the electroweak theory of elementary particle physics. I characterize the development of the Higgs mechanism as a historical process that was guided through analogies drawn to the theories of solid-state physics and that was progressive through diverse contributions in the sixties from a number of physicists working independently. I also offer a detailed comparative study of the similarities and the differences that exist between the approaches taken in these contributions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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