History of electroweak symmetry breaking

  title={History of electroweak symmetry breaking},
  author={Tom W. B. Kibble},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • T. Kibble
  • Published 22 February 2015
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
In this talk, I recall the history of the development of the unified electroweak theory, incorporating the symmetry-breaking Higgs mechanism, as I saw it from my standpoint as a member of Abdus Salam's group at Imperial College. I start by describing the state of physics in the years after the Second World War, explain how the goal of a unified gauge theory of weak and electromagnetic interactions emerged, the obstacles encountered, in particular the Goldstone theorem, and how they were… 
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