Hawking said that that discovery of Professor Peter Higgs’ Boson particle, which until yesterday was an unproved theory, meant that he was out of pocket on a $100 bet.

“I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found. It seems I have just lost $100.” said Hawking.

Higgs was 34 working at Edinburgh University when he first became convinced that the sub-atomic particle which gives mass to the building blocks of the universe existed.

Now Higgs aged 83, 48 years later the theory was proven at Cern labs. The Large Hadron Collider a $6 billion dollar piece of kit built in Geneva has shown how stars and planets are formed.

The video below helps to explain the Higgs Boson particle…

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