2012 was a big year in high energy physics. At CERN scientists presented findings for the long sought after Higgs particle to the entire physics community, and these 2012 findings were further confirmed with new data in March 2013. The discovery of the Higgs boson could be considered one of the greatest collaborative achievements of in history.
On June 27, 2013, two physicists, Maria Spiropulu, Ph.D., an experimental physicist from CERN, and JoAnne Hewett, Ph.D., a theoretical physicist from Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC), will offer a discussion at the Exploratorium about the prodigious and startling theoretical leaps and the epic experimental program that produced this monumental discovery.
Part of the Exploratoriumís adults-only Thursday evening hours, the 7:30pm lecture is included with museum admission, and will have limited seating. In the discussion Spiropulu and Hewett will also explore the implications of what they found for future directions in physics. Beyond shedding light on the way elementary particles acquire mass, understanding the Higgs mechanism will likely push the frontiers of fundamental science towards a greater understanding of our Universe.
Higgs: The Theory, The Discovery, and The Fate of The Universe
with Maria Spiropulu, Ph.D. (CERN) and JoAnne Hewett, Ph.D. (SLAC)
7:30pm, Thursday June 27, 2013
Kanbar Forum at the Exploratorium
Pier 15, San Francisco
Included with Thursday evening museum admission. Limited seating.
Thursday evenings from 6-10pm are exclusive adult-only hours for ages 18 and up. Admission for Thursday evenings is $15 for the general public and $10 for Exploratorium members.