God Particle ‘Rejected’?

The idea behind theoretical discovery of the Higgs particle sounded radical & got rejected from a top publishing house.

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If your last article got rejected, don’t get disheartened.

Maybe the idea was too audacious to be realized by the editor.

You all have heard about Peter Higgs, the eponymous predictor of the Higgs particle.

His story is an exemplar.

In 1964, Higgs had written two articles, each 2 pages long.

The first article was about the mathematical interpretation of his hypothesis.

The second article was the hypothesis itself.

Both were submitted to Physics Letters.

The article filled with the equation got published without any further correspondence.

But the second one got struck citing a lack of illustration of the physical implication of his theory.

Higgs felt insulted but decided to persevere.

Rejection turned out a boon & he added another paragraph.

The addition was about the Higgs field, correlated with waves of the ocean.

This time, the article was sent to another prestigious journal, Physical Review Letters.

LHC confirmed his hypothesis in 2012 & announced the detection of the Higgs particle.

That brought him the prestigious Nobel Prize.

Fun fact is that Yoichiro Nambu, A CERN physicist, rejected Higg’s paper & ironically CERN’s LHC proved it a decade later.

Fun fact is that Yoichiro Nambu, A CERN physicist, rejected Higg’s paper & ironically CERN’s LHC proved it a decade later.