Explaining the Higgs boson using Jedward

I was asked by Dr. Andy Shearer of NUIG to contribute some cartoons for his lectures during the CERN exhibition here in Galway (until 4th November). His lecture to transition years consisted of explaining the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider and he had the novel idea of (adapting ideas from Rolf-Dieter Heuer’s lecture here) using Jedward to explain!

Here we have a room full of transition year girls, representing the Higgs field, which permeates the universe.

Jedward (here representing the Higgs boson) enter the room and get a reaction.

The Jedward fans swamp Jedward as they attempt to cross the room, just as the Higgs field interacts with the Higgs boson, thus creating mass.

Alternatively, Jedward are announced, but do not appear.

The “field” reacts by “creating mass” even in the absence of the, oh hell let’s call it the Jedward boson.

Another type of particle, here represented by a physics lecturer who may or may not be Dr. Shearer, enters the room without any reaction.

This particle may pass through the Higgs field without interaction.
I also did a pair of cartoons illustrating the effects of low energy and high energy proton impacts (represented by laptops!) in the Large Hadron Collider:

Low energy impact, some material comes out.

High energy impact, lots of material released.


  1. @Go_withthe_Floh

    October 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

    What is important to understand is in less than 3 short years Jedward have become a household name whether they are loved or hated. The is no indifference to Jedward. Yes, they are a magnet for good or bad. Jedward have impact.

  2. @CatsInTheMuseum

    October 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Shameless cog of cartoon from Rolf-Dieter Heuer’s ESOF Keynote!
    http://www.livestream.com/esof2012/video?clipId=pla_71974066-ed76-4662-bcc8-6bc6643c8b3e (go to 19:41)

  3. Allan

    October 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Hi @CatsInTheMuseum, thanks for that, I’ve updated the post to show where the idea came from.

  4. @CatsInTheMuseum

    October 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks Allan

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