Higgs and Englert Win Nobel Prize in Physics

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The Nobel Prize Committee is announcing this year's winners all this week. Yesterday they announced the winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine and this morning the much anticipated physics prize was awarded.

People have been speculating for weeks about whether the prize would go to someone connected with last year's identification of the Higgs boson particle or some other research.

The Higgs boson particle is said to be what caused the "Big Bang" and is often dubbed the "God particle."

Now the wait is over.

The 2013 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider," a statement at NobelPrize.org says.

Joining us to discuss what the award means and why the Higgs boson is so important to the field of quantum physics is Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.

Check out this video from Professor Greene below which explains the science behind the Higgs boson particle.