The by-line for Kuriositas is art and science and all the groovy things in-between. So, when I heard about the massive three story tall mural which had been commissioned by the ATLAS experiment at CERN I knew I had to take a look. CERN, just in case you haven’t heard about it (possibly hiding from a localized zombie apocalypse?), is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. Painted by international artist Josef Kristofoletti this magnificent mural shows his interpretation of what the Higgs boson might actually look like.
Kristofoletti finished his mural in June of this year. CERN scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) just last week claimed their breakthrough – the discovery of a new particle which they were 99.9% sure was the Higgs boson. This was the culmination of a 45 year pursuit to explain how matter attains its mass. It is marvellous that the discovery of the Higgs boson coincides with Kristofoletti’s impression of what it might look like.