The Construction of the Higgs Mechanism and the Emergence of the Electroweak Theory

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Karaca, Koray
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I examine the construction process of the Higgs mechanism and its subsequent use by Steven Weinberg to formulate the electroweak theory in particle physics. I characterize the development of the Higgs mechanism to be a historical process that is guided through analogies drawn to the theories of solid-state physics and that is progressive through diverse contributions from a number of physicists working independently. I also offer a detailed comparative study that analyzes the similarities and differences in these contributions.