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American science writer and editor who co-founded Omni magazine, and has produced many articles for magazines and newspapers. With Leon Lederman, he co-authored The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? (1993).
Science Quotes by Dick Teresi (1 quote)
The God Particle.
— Dick Teresi
Coined name for the Higgs Boson. Title of the co-authored book by Leon Lederman and Dick Teresi, The God Particle: If the Universe is the Answer, What is the Question (1993). In an interview with Melissa Block on NPR radio, All Things Considered (15 Mar 2013), Teresi gave the origin of the book title. While co-writing the book, Teresi and Lederman talked about the content. Lederman explained this hypothetical particle to him as the ultimate elementary particle, perhaps inside every other particle, as the basic ingredient of the universe from which all else is made. The name was born as Lederman joked about it to him. Teresi suggested using that as a working title for the book, never expecting that the publisher would, in fact, adopt the title. Hence, with the publication of the book, the nickname for the Higgs Boson was also launched.