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Chit Chat re: Quantum Physics

  • May 11, 2014 · 4:00 PM
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This week we will discuss the Standard Model of particle physics (quarks, electrons, muons, taus, neutrinos, the Higgs boson), the four fundamental forces and how all fit together. To prepare for an exciting discussion, you may want to watch the following series of 12 youtube videos, lasting about 33 minutes total, starting with the first one below (the rest will be listed next to the one below on youtube):  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6i-qE8AigE&list=PL3B0924C6A0CB8B67

 For easy reference during the discussion, please print and bring along the following picture (or any other you like) of the Standard Model: 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/00/Standard_Model_of_Elementary_Particles.svg

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  • Mitchell W.

    Excellent discussion of particle physics.

    1 · May 11, 2014

    • Mitchell W.

      You were talking about Mintkowsi 4space.You might want to check out. "TheEquation of Everything" an e book on Kindle.Somedays I have difficulty speaking due to chronic severe hoarseness.

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't make it tomorrow, i've been busy, I started this petition and I was wondering if you guys can help me too, I made a video on youtube explaining everything, the white house also sent me a letter EVEN before I had a chance to collect 150 signatures to make it LIVE and PUBLIC on the white house to collect 100k signatures to get the response they sent me, I have 40 signatures so far, they don't want it to go live, I can forward ALL of you the email I got from the white house if you want as proof. I BEG ALL OF YOU please watch this video and sign my petition it will solve ALL the problems of the world right now..I believe in humanity and I'm tired of people saying the human race is doomed! Please I beg you guys: youtube.com/watch?v=BoWYm_vnDFI

    I won't post stuff like this EVER AGAIN, just this is something that can CHANGE the world. An indirect way to slow down the aggressive countries threatening us, instead of NUKES the countries of the world will be force to build space ships!

    May 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks. I don't intend. I look forward in meeting you... that is if I'm not re-activated into my old U.S. Marine unit to go fight in North Korea. best wishes and thanks for the opinion!

      1 · May 12, 2014

    • Katherine B.

      I'm looking forward to meeting you at next month's meet-up.

      May 12, 2014

  • Mitch

    I do like Matt Strassler's blog, he has taken on explaining particle physics to the public with an impressive combination of clarity and honesty. He wrote a "primer" on the recent announcement about a polarization signal I the CMB radiation:
    http://profmattstrassler.com/2014/03/17/a-primer-on-todays-events/

    Somewhere on his site is also a great discussion of what is really going on inside a proton (it's not just three quarks).

    May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Indeed this is a great blog. Thanks to you and Mike for suggesting it.

      May 12, 2014

  • Katherine B.

    Too many people didn't show up.

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Whoops, Mothers' Day!

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I look forward to meeting you all in the near future! Thank you for this group and its great and wonderful people!

    May 10, 2014

  • Campbell

    Sorry to say I can't make it this time. Have caught an unpleasant cold. Look forward to the next meeting though.

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    You may be interested in a lecture by astrophysicist Dr. Jenna Levin at Chapman University this Tuesday, May 6, in Orange, supported by the Meetup group SoCal Science Café. Link below:

    http://www.meetup.com/SoCal-Science-Cafe/events/180765722/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=180765722&_af=event

    And this is a TED lecture video, also by Dr. Jenna Levin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLz9TvxGoKs

    May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    For Campbell: "Flat" in the cosmological context simply means that the universe can be described in cosmological distances by Euclidean geometry, i.e. the Pythagorean theorem still holds true, the sum of the angles of a triangle are 180 degrees, etc. And this, only marginally comprehensible article, describes it all:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_of_the_universe

    And the link below provides an even more dramatic example of lensing, known as "Einstein's Cross" compared to the National Geographic article you provided below. The arms of the cross are images of the same quasar:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein_Cross

    April 27, 2014

    • Campbell

      Thanks very much, John. I'll read the articles you provided, plus I have Krauss' book on order at the library. I hope to become smarter -- in the cosmological sense.

      April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any ideas what to discuss or see (we have a projector) next time are welcome. My suggestions (any one of these three):
    1) The Standard model (quarks, electrons, muons, taus, neutrinos, Higgs boson), four fundamental forces and how all these fit together.
    2) Nucleosynthesis - The processes that created all the elements in existence in the Universe today, starting from hydrogen. Did you know that there are isotopes with half life longer than the age of the Universe?
    3) Star formation and destruction: Novae, Supernova, Black Holes, White Dwarfs, Black Dwarfs, Quasars, Neutron stars, Magnetars, the Schwarzschild radius and the Chandrasekhar limit.

    April 25, 2014

    • Campbell

      John, your suggestions sound lovely. At some point, I personally would like to discuss just exactly why people actually find it believable that "the universe is flat." I know the basic math, and what Herr Kraus says, but I remain thinking it's a ridiculous new version of The Flat Earth Society. There. Hope I've stirred things up a bit. :-)

      April 25, 2014

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