Higgs Boson Pizza!

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    Michelle Young
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    Although CERN is in Switzerland and not in the United States where Independence Day was celebrated yesterday, CERN had its own celebration–the 4th “birthday” of the discovery of the Higgs Boson! The meat and vegetarian varieties represented a two-photon or a four-muon collision respectively and 400 of these piping pizzas were served by CERN chefs at the facility.

    CERN - Higgs Pizzas

    Although CERN is in Switzerland and not in the United States where Independence Day was celebrated yesterday, CERN had its own celebration–the 4th “birthday” of the discovery of the Higgs Boson! The meat and vegetarian varieties represented a two-photon or a four-muon collision respectively and 400 of these piping pizzas were served by CERN chefs at the facility.

    “The idea was born in Naples, the hometown of Pierluigi Paolucci, who – while chatting with INFN president Fernando Ferroni – realised the striking resemblance between Higgs boson event displays and the delicious pizzas in front of them. They inspired the chef of the historic ‘Ettore’ pizzeria in St. Lucia to create the Higgs boson pizza in time for the opening for a Art&Science exhibition on 15 September 2015 in Naples.

    “And then enjoyed by an excited crowd eager to taste their own spicy Higgs boson, represented on the meaty pizza by chorizo, or juicy Higgs boson represented by a cherry tomato on the vegetarian version.

    “If you’d like to make your own pizza, just follow the recipe below and use the diagrams to lay out the toppings with the utmost scientific accuracy.”

    Higgs Boson Pizza Day

    And from CERN chefs, here’s the recipe!

    Recipe for a Higgs Pizza

    Ingredients:
    Pizza base
    (you can make your own with the suggested recipe below, or buy one ready-made)
    2 ½ cups bread flour
    A packet of active dry yeast
    1 tspn white sugar
    2 tbsn olive oil
    1 tspn salt
    1 cup warm water

    For the vegetarian pizza toppings
    Cheese
    Two asparagus sprouts
    Some artichokes (at least 8 slices)
    Slices of red and green peppers
    A single cherry tomato
    For the meat pizza toppings
    Cheese
    Two asparagus sprouts
    Slices of ham
    Black olives
    A few slices of salami
    A single slice of chorizo

    Method:
    Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8.
    Make the base and lay out the toppings using the diagram as a guide.
    Put each pizza on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp.

    Here’s the diagram for both kinds of pizzas, pdf format. Enjoy!

    Higgs boson fourth birthday yesterday. To celebrate, they had a cake with a toy Higgs on top, decorated with a HiggsHunter event display. On the blackboard behind is the process people are seeking – Higgs-strahlung. (Image: Will Kalderon/CERN)
    Higgs Boson 4th Birthday Cake

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