The Brown physics department gathered on October 8th to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Prize in physics to François Englert and Peter 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.”  It was an especially delightful celebration because a prize for Higgs physics bears special meaning for Brown. Brown played key roles in both the prediction and the discovery of this truly fundamental aspect of nature. Read more