Dark Matter..Dark Energy..The Dark Side of the Universe

Our well-received second 24-lecture series continues! The engaging Sean Carroll is the lecturer, recorded on DVD by the Great Courses Company. For our July 11th meeting, we'll have Lectures 7 and 8.

7. Atoms and Particles

We peer into the atom to discover the constituents of ordinary matter: nuclei and electrons. Nuclei are made of protons and neutrons, which in turn are made of quarks. Electrons and quarks are examples of fermions, or matter particles. There are also bosons, or force-carrying particles, such as photons and gluons.

8. The Standard Model of Particle Physics

In the 1960s and 1970s, physicists developed a comprehensive theory of known fermions and bosons. Now called the standard model, this theory fits an impressive amount of data, but it leaves two crucial puzzles: the hypothetical Higgs boson and the graviton, the carrier of the gravitational force. (it will be interesting to discuss the latest developments on the Higgs boson!)

Many thanks to core NYPG member, Avo for being moderater for this series!

Btw..there will be a quiz sent to those who have RSVPd. See y'all at the meeting!!


Whether you're an expert or a neophyte in whatever Physics topics we cover, it will be an interesting meeting for all. Come join us on the 2nd Friday of the month and share and discuss your Physics interest and knowledge and have fun while you do!

If your not a member already, sign up so you can as a member contribute to the feedback that makes the group mutually viable..and members, do RSVP for our next meeting..and don't forget "The Afterwards"!"

If members are interested in making a presentation about a favourite physics discipline to our Physics Group, we'll love to hear from you! Many thanks to members who have already committed to making future presentations. And of course your suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Here's how to get to the Meeting: 
By Subway: Take Yonge St. line north to ‘North York Centre’ station. Remain on the Lower Level, follow the signs to the North York Civic Centre. Or go outside overground to the North York Civic Centre - on the West side of Yonge Street (just behind Mel Lastman Square).

By Car: From highway 401, exit North on Yonge St. past Sheppard Ave., turn left at Park Home Ave, then left at Beecroft Rd. Entrance to underground parking is on the left. Parking fee is around $3.00. Follow the signs to the Civic Centre on the lower level.

If your still not sure how to get to the meeting, email Betty for directions.

Hope to see you at our next meeting. Out of respect for special guests, we like to start at 6:30 pm sharp. And don't forget the Afterwards!

Betty and Mohsen

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  • Suresh T F.

    I missed the last meeting, but I am wondering if someone could provide a link to the video (if any) shown at the meeting. Just curious.

    July 17

  • Carmen

    some interesting links...at least for me :)



    and for those who still remember the movie Contact with Jodie Foster....

    July 16

    • Victor

      Thanks for the Zeno link 1, why-the-watched-pot-may-­actually-never-boil-acco­rding-to-quantum-physics­/
      ... Turing also agreed on this, as does Stapp.

      July 17

  • Victor

    Sean's presentation is interesting.

    July 11

  • Gayatri

    Still stuck at work. Will have to miss this one. Enjoy.

    July 11

  • Joe P

    Ooops! I can't make this one as well. I'm on call every 4th fri-sunday and it falls on this one, which happens to be 4 weeks from the last meetup.

    July 5

  • Linda T.

    Unfortunately I am hosting a scrabble group for the next few fridays. I will miss you all

    June 28

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