10,000 physics students sign up for Peter Higgs course

A free seven-week physics course studying what has been nicknamed "the God particle" taught by the man behind the theory has already had 10,000 applicants, the University of Edinburgh has said.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Professor Peter Higgs will be running an online course called "The Discovery of the Higgs Boson", from the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Higgs will be teaching an online course in "the God particle". Credit: PA

Starting this week, the course will examine 84-year-old Professor Higgs' proposal that particles acquire mass by interacting with an all-pervading field spread throughout the universe.

The more they interact, the more massive and heavy they become.

His concept sparked a 40-year hunt for the Higgs Boson, which culminated in July 2012 when a team from the European nuclear research facility at Cern in Geneva announced the detection of a particle that fitted the description of the elusive Higgs.

Scientists used the world's biggest atom-smashing machine, the £2.6 billion Large Hadron Collider on the Swiss-French border, to track down the missing particle.