The basics of a boson

In this animated lesson for TED-Ed, CERN physicists David Barney and Steven Goldfarb use the Socratic method to explain the Higgs boson

(Video: TED-Ed/CERN)

"The basics of a boson" – a lesson by Dave Barney of the CMS collaboration and Steven Goldfarb of the ATLAS collaboration. Animation by Jeanette Nørgaard for TED-Ed.

In 2012, physicists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson. The what? The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles, and it’s a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN physicists Dave Barney and Steve Goldfarb explain the exciting implications of the Higgs boson.