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Single Idea 21171

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / B. Modern Physics / 5. Unified Models / a. Electro-weak unity]

Full Idea

In the very early hot universe the electromagnetic and weak nuclear forces were one. The early emergence of the Higgs field led to electroweak symmetry breaking. The W and Z bosons grew fat, and the photon raced away mass-free.

Gist of Idea

The symmetry of unified electromagnetic and weak forces was broken by the Higgs field


New Scientist writers (Why the Universe Exists [2017], 07)

Book Reference

New Scientist writers: 'Why the Universe Exists' [John Murray 2017], p.129