Quantum and Nuclear

The Higgs Boson and Comic Sans

Stories from Physics for 11-14 14-16 16-19 IOP RESOURCES

The presentation that announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 used the Comic Sans font. The decision caused a Twitterstorm and was described by The Guardian newspaper as a "misuse" and "inappropriate". Good humouredly, on 1 April 2014, CERN announced on its website:

From today, all of CERN’s official communication channels are switching to exclusive use of the font Comic Sans… According to our calculations, 80% of the success of the presentation came not from the discovery of a fundamental particle that explains the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism for how particles get mass, but from the choice of font.

The Higgs Boson and Comic Sans

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