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July issue of symmetry now online


In this month's issue, Joe Incandela goes beyond the “Hamlet question" of whether or not the Higgs boson exists to ask: What happens next? (Illustration: Sandbox Studio, Chicago)

The July issue of symmetry hits virtual newsstands today.

As excitement builds over what physicists may or may not say about their hunt for the Higgs boson, symmetry goes beyond the “Hamlet question" of whether or not the Higgs exists to ask: What happens next?

This month’s issue also explains one word you need to understand no matter what the CMS and ATLAS collaborations announce: sigma.

Not all of the excitement this month revolves around the Higgs. Symmetry also introduces readers to the accelerator revolution under way at FACET. A new test bed for accelerator technology at SLAC, FACET seeks to make particle accelerators smaller, cheaper and more efficient—and expand their role in society.

This month, symmetry also introduces readers to Brian Gerke, one of the many former particle physicists and astrophysicists who, thanks to a willingness and confidence to attack problems that they have no idea how to solve, have made a significant impact on another field.

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