March 3, 2013 · 11:00 AM
CFI-LA's FEED YOUR BRAIN Lecture Series
The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World
For decades, particle physicists have searched for the elusive Higgs boson, the missing piece to the "Standard Model" that explains the world we see. In July 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva announced that they found it. Physicist and author Sean Carroll will explain why the Higgs boson is so important, talk about the enormous challenge physicists overcame to build the LHC and get it running, and consider what the future of particle physics will look like.
Carroll, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1993, is now on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, and the origin of the universe. Carroll is the author of his new book, The Particle at the End of the Universe, as well as From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, and Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity. He has written for Scientific American, New Scientist, and The Wall Street Journal. He frequently consults for film and television, and has been featured on television shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS's Nova, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.
COST: $8, Students $4; Free for Friends of the Center