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New Meetup: Amir Aczel talks about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider @ Harvard Bookstore

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:27 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Amir Aczel talks about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider @ Harvard Bookstore

When: Tuesday, October 12,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

From the Harvard Bookstore site:

"Harvard Book Store is glad to welcome mathematician and historian of science AMIR D. ACZEL for a conversation about the largest and yet arguably the most fundamental experiment in scientific history, the work with the Large Hadron Collider. His new book is Present at the Creation: The Story of CERN and the Large Hadron Collider".

Where to Meet:

T.J. Maher will be grabbing a quick bite to eat in the small food court on the lower level of The Garage on JFK Street in Harvard Square starting at 5:45 pm. Feel free to drop by! We can commandeer tables as more people arrive. Look for the red MEETUP sign on the tables.

We should probably leave the food court by 6:20 pm and start walking over, sitting down as a group by 6:40 pm. Although the talk about the book starts at 7:00 pm, the chairs are all taken by 6:45 pm.

T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

... Anybody up for drinks afterwards so we can discuss the author's talk? Anybody up for the Border Cafe?

More from the Harvard Bookstore site:

"The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7 billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe. The collider is now crashing protons at record energy levels never created by scientists before, and it will reach even higher levels by 2013. Its superconducting magnets guide two beams of protons in opposite directions around the track. After accelerating the beams to[masked] percent of the speed of light, it collides the protons head-on, annihilating them in a flash of energy sufficient?in accordance with Einstein?s elegant statement of mass-energy equivalence, E=mc2?to coalesce into a shower of particles and phenomena that have not existed since the first moments of creation. Within the LHC?s detectors, scientists hope to see empirical confirmation of key theories in physics and cosmology.

"In telling the story of what is perhaps the most anticipated experiment in the history of science, Amir D. Aczel takes us inside the control rooms at CERN at key moments when an international team of top researchers begins to discover whether this multibillion-euro investment will fulfill its spectacular promise. Through the eyes and words of the men and women who conceived and built CERN and the LHC?and with the same clarity and depth of knowledge he demonstrated in the bestselling Fermat?s Last Theorem?Aczel enriches all of us with a firm grounding in the scientific concepts we will need to appreciate the discoveries that will almost certainly spring forth when the full power of this great machine is finally unleashed.

"Will the Higgs boson make its breathlessly awaited appearance, confirming at last the Standard Model of particles and their interactions that is among the great theoretical achievements of twentieth-century physics? Will the hidden dimensions posited by string theory be revealed? Will we at last identify the nature of the dark matter that makes up more than 90 percent of the cosmos? With Present at the Creation we can all follow the progress of an experiment that promises to greatly satisfy the curiosity of anyone who ever concurred with Einstein when he said, ?I want to know God?s thoughts?the rest is details.?

Directions to the Harvard Bookstore, by T:

"As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and the Adidas Store. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St".

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