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A WORLD-RENOWNED physicist will be giving a public talk about the so-called God Particle.

Alan Martin, a Durham University professor, will be looking at what Higgs boson means and its implications for humanity.

Prof Martin, who has worked on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, and is an expert on the Higgs boson, will give the talk at Grey College, Durham, on Sunday, October 21.

He said: “The interest in the Higgs boson has been quite remarkable since its discovery earlier this year and we felt it was important to explain what it actually is to as wide an audience as possible, but in, I hope, an entertaining way.

“I really want to stress, though, that God particle is an inappropriate name, and will not be used during the talk.

“There will be no need to understand physics. The talk will emphasize the sheer beauty of particle physics leading up to the Higgs boson in 1964 and why its discovery in 2012 is so special for science and our current understanding of the universe.”

The event will be held at Holgate House at Grey College, South Road, at 2.15pm.

Prof Martin will deliver the first of three public talks organised this academic term.

For more details or to book a seat, contact Grey College on 334 5900 or email: grey.reception@durham.ac.uk.