Portrait of a man at the beginning of time
From Times Online, March 2, 2009
Professor Peter Higgs's theory of the God Particle - or Higgs boson - is celebrated with a stunning portrait by Ken Currie, while the proof may yet come from an experiment by the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Geneva
With a pair of broken glasses in his hand, he seems an unlikely contender for a Nobel Prize, but a painting of Peter Higgs, the renowned Edinburgh physicist, has been unveiled which portrays him at the moment when his celebrated theory of the "God Particle" is finally proved correct.
The portrait by Ken Currie shows the professor who, 45 years ago, postulated the existence of the particle known more properly as the Higgs boson which gives mass to all things in the Universe.
His theory is as yet unproven. Professor Higgs had hoped last September that his moment had come when a series of experiments began in the Large Hadron Collider, the 27km-long particle accelerator deep underground at the CERN laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland.
The tests were designed to recreate the extreme conditions immediately after the Big Bang, the event that most cosmologists believe created the Universe. An electrical fault, however, caused the experiments to be postponed for 12 months.