• The Higgs Boson and Beyond - Lectures 7 & 8: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday (5/22) as we continue our 6-week screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Higgs Boson and Beyond." This series has introduced us to the Higgs Boson, the importance of its discovery, and how it fits into the standard model of atomic theory and the universe. We'll be continuing our series this Wednesday with two lectures focused on particle colliders; what they're used for, and how scientists interpret the data. A description of lectures #7 & 8 is below: Lecture #7: Colliding Particles (2015, 31 min) "Once physicists established the need for the Higgs boson to exist, how did they set out to locate it? It was just a matter of bringing the particles and fields together under the right conditions. You'll see how physicists use Feynman diagrams to keep track of how virtual particles carry the various forces between quarks and leptons." Lecture #8: Particle Accelerators and Detectors (2015, 31 min) "Want to build your own particle accelerator? You’ll need a lot of money, a lot of room, and the information that Professor Carroll shares in this lecture. You’ll learn that particle accelerators aren’t simply “atom smashers.” They bring into existence new particles that weren't there before." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of subatomic particles, Higgs Bosons, symmetries, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond - Lectures 5 & 6: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us tonight (5/15) as we continue our 6-week screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Higgs Boson and Beyond." This series will introduce us to the Higgs Boson, the importance of its discovery, and how it fits into the standard model of atomic theory and the universe. We'll be continuing our series this evening with two lectures focused on the Higgs Field and the relationship between mass and energy. A description of lectures #5 & 6 is below: Lecture #5: The Higgs Field (2015, 33 min) "With the basics of particle physics covered, Professor Carroll walks us through the decades-long hunt for the Higgs. You’ll meet the many brilliant minds—Anderson, Englert, and Higgs among them—who determinedly set out to solve the mystery of the weak nuclear field. You’ll also discover why Angelina Jolie is like a top quark." Lecture #6: Mass and Energy (2015, 31 min) "In this lecture, “classical” physics, as explained by Newtonian and Einsteinian mechanics, provides insight into what makes the Higgs so special. Uncover the key to the Higgs’s uniqueness in the particle zoo—that even at its minimum energy state (its “resting” state), the Higgs field has a large, constant value." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of subatomic particles, Higgs Bosons, symmetries, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond - Lectures 3 & 4: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday (5/8) as we continue our 6-week screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Higgs Boson and Beyond." This series will introduce us to the Higgs Boson, the importance of its discovery, and how it fits into the standard model of atomic theory and the universe. We'll be continuing our series this Wednesday with two lectures focused on the subatomic "particle zoo" and the concept of symmetry. A description of lectures #3 & 4 is below: Lecture #3: Atoms to Particles (2015, 31 min) "Now that you know what particles really are, it’s time to walk through the “particle zoo” and explore the roles of photons, gluons, and quarks. Along the way, Professor Carroll looks back on the development of the Standard Model and how our changing understanding of the weak nuclear field suggested the existence of the Higgs years before we found it." Lecture #4: The Power of Symmetry (2015, 31 min) "Symmetries don't only apply to geometrical objects. They apply to the laws of physics themselves. In this lecture, you may feel your mind twist in asymmetrical ways as you explore how symmetry governs the known forces of nature and how it helped form a wild theory that an as-yet-undiscovered particle—the Higgs—must exist." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of subatomic particles, Higgs Bosons, symmetries, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond - Lectures 1 & 2: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! I don't know about you, but the last lecture series left me wanting to know a whole lot more about subatomic physics and primary particles. So, for our next theme, we'll be watching a short (6-week) series that will delve a bit further into these topics at a pace that doesn't leave us non-subatomic-physicists in the dust. Please join us tonight (Weds, 5/1) as we begin our 6-week screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Higgs Boson and Beyond." This series will introduce us to the Higgs Boson, the importance of its discovery, and how it fits into the standard model of atomic theory and the universe. We'll be beginning our journey tonight with two lectures focused on the importance of the Higgs and how that ties into quantum field theory. A description of lectures #1 & #2 are below: Lecture #1: The Importance of the Higgs Boson (2015, 33 min) "Why was the discovery of the Higgs boson such a big deal? That’s the key question that Professor Carroll tackles in his illuminating introduction. Take a fascinating dive into the world of modern particle physics and see how the Higgs is the missing piece of a scientific puzzle that helps us understand the “rules” for the universe." Lecture #2: Quantum Field Theory (2015, 32 min) "Toss out the textbook image of electrons circling an atom’s nucleus. This lecture explores the big twist of quantum field theory: The world isn’t really made of particles. They’re fascinating and necessary figments of quantum mechanics created by observing the fields that fill every inch of the universe, and grasping that eye-opening concept is essential to understanding the Higgs." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of subatomic physics, Higgs Bosons, quantum field theory, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

  • Special Surprise Feature: Screening + Discussion

    Industry Lab

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! It's been an intense 12 weeks as we've delved deep into the world of bosons, fermions, quarks, and nuclear forces, so I figured we owed it to ourselves to take it easy this week and watch something that's a bit less stressful on the cerebral cortex. That being said, I've got a special SURPRISE FEATURE for tonight's Screening + Discussion. I'm not going to tell you what it is, but I will say that it ends up being a documentary about something different than what the title of the feature would imply. For me, this ended up being a film about the scientific method and how it's applied... and misapplied. At the very least, I guarantee you will be entertained. And don't worry if you've never been to a CotC event before. No prior understanding of physical laws, sub-atomic particles, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate our films (especially this one!) and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

  • FINAL LECTURES!! Theory of Everything - Lectures 23 & 24: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday as we conclude our 12-week-long screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality." This series has guided us through scientists' attempts over the years to join the various natural forces like gravity, electricity, magnetism, and the nuclear forces into one single, unified theory to explain everything in nature. We have discussed the successes researches have had as well as the challenges they've faced (and still face!). This Wednesday we'll be wrapping up this journey with two really heady discussions about multi-verses and the latest, mose promising candidates for a comprehensive theory of everything. A description of lectures #23 & 24 is below: Lecture #23: Free Parameters and Other Universes (2018, 31 min) "Now step into the realm of other universes. Do they exist? If so, how could we possibly know? Start by examining the free parameters that govern the structure and behavior of our universe. Then seek answers to four crucial questions that address why the parameters take the values that they do." Lecture #24: Toward a Final Theory of Everything (2018, 35 min) "Finish the course by reviewing unified theories since Newton, analyzing a remarkable equation that brings major insights together and represents the current status of a theory of everything. Then look ahead to the next steps, and hear Dr. Lincoln’s own research agenda for this momentous quest." Don't worry if you haven't seen any of the prior episodes of this series or if you don't know the first thing about this subject matter (or anti-matter, HAHA!!!). No prior understanding of electricity, magnetism, the standard model, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

  • The Theory of Everything - Lectures 21 & 22: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday as we continue our screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality." This series guides us through scientists' attempts over the years to join the various natural forces like gravity, electricity, magnetism, and the nuclear forces into one single, unified theory to explain everything in nature. We will discuss the successes researches have had as well as the challenges they've faced (and still face!). This Wednesday we'll be continuing with lectures #21 & 22. A description of each is below: Lecture #21: From Weak Gravity to Extra Dimensions (2018, 33 min) "Venture into extra dimensions to investigate gravity’s extraordinary weakness compared to the other fundamental forces. This journey also sheds light on the possible creation of subatomic black holes in particle accelerators and why tiny black holes pose no risk to humanity." Lecture #22: Big Bang and Inflation Explain Our Universe (2018, 32 min) "Starting with the big bang, plot the history of our universe, focusing on events in the tiniest fraction of the first second, when phenomena such as supersymmetry, superstrings, and quantum loops may have come into play. Consider the explanatory power of the theory of cosmic inflation." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject matter (or anti-matter, HAHA!!!). No prior understanding of electricity, magnetism, the standard model, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

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  • The Theory of Everything - Lectures 19 & 20: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday as we continue our screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality." This series guides us through scientists' attempts over the years to join the various natural forces like gravity, electricity, magnetism, and the nuclear forces into one single, unified theory to explain everything in nature. We will discuss the successes researches have had as well as the challenges they've faced (and still face!). This Wednesday we'll be continuing with lectures #19 & 20. A description of each is below: Lecture #19: What Pushes the Universe Apart: Dark Energy (2018, 32 min) "Turn to dark energy, the ghostly energy field that appears to be pushing the universe apart at an ever-greater rate. Learn how this extraordinary discovery was made in 1998, and explore theories that attempt to explain dark energy and its strange consequences." Lecture #20: Quantum Gravity: Einstein, Strings, and Loops (2018, 31 min) "A theory of everything must fit gravity into the quantum realm, reconciling the general theory of relativity with the standard model of particle physics. Explore the features of gravity that make this unification so difficult, and evaluate two intriguing approaches: superstring theory and loop quantum gravity." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject matter (or anti-matter, HAHA!!!). No prior understanding of electricity, magnetism, the standard model, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

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  • The Theory of Everything - Lectures 17 & 18: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday as we continue our screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality." This series guides us through scientists' attempts over the years to join the various natural forces like gravity, electricity, magnetism, and the nuclear forces into one single, unified theory to explain everything in nature. We will discuss the successes researches have had as well as the challenges they've faced (and still face!). This Wednesday we'll be continuing with lectures #17 & 18. A description of each is below: Lecture #17: Einstein’s Gravity Bends Space-Time (2018, 32 min) "Built on the equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass, Einstein’s general theory of relativity explains gravity in a surprising new way. See how matter and energy determine the shape of space and time. Investigate confirming evidence for general relativity, including the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015." Lecture #18: What Holds Each Galaxy Together: Dark Matter (2018, 33 min) "Trace the discovery of missing mass surrounding most galaxies, which leads scientists to infer that 85% of all matter is “dark” and can’t be observed directly. Evaluate the major theories about this discrepancy, and consider its implications for a theory of everything." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject matter (or anti-matter, HAHA!!!). No prior understanding of electricity, magnetism, the standard model, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

  • The Theory of Everything - Lectures 15 & 16: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday as we continue our screening + discussion of the lecture series "The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality." This series guides us through scientists' attempts over the years to join the various natural forces like gravity, electricity, magnetism, and the nuclear forces into one single, unified theory to explain everything in nature. We will discuss the successes researches have had as well as the challenges they've faced (and still face!). This Wednesday we'll be continuing with lectures #15 & 16. A description of each is below: Lecture #15: Why Quarks and Leptons? (2018, 31 min) "The fundamental building blocks of matter are thought to be quarks (which interact by the strong force) and leptons (which interact by the electromagnetic and weak forces). But could there be a deeper level? Explore the theory of preons, which may be even more fundamental than quarks and leptons." Lecture #16: Newton’s Gravity Unifies Earth and Sky (2018, 29 min) "Gravity is by far the weakest of the fundamental forces. Learn how Newton achieved the first major unification in physics by showing that terrestrial and celestial gravity are the same. He also tacitly equated inertial mass and gravitational mass, leading to the startling theory 250 years later." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject matter (or anti-matter, HAHA!!!). No prior understanding of electricity, magnetism, the standard model, relativity, or mathematics is required to appreciate this series and to participate in the discussion period. This is a safe-space for science and for humans who want to talk about science freely. Now for some administrative details.... The space will be open for beverages and general schmoozing as early as 7:45PM. The viewing will start promptly at 8:25PM. As usual, BYOB. +1's welcome (& encouraged!). Oh, and this is a pet friendly space. My dog is kind of an asshole, so I keep her at home, but if your pet is chill, feel free to bring 'em along! There is a suggested donation of $2 which helps pay for the venue at Industry Lab. You can donate through the following methods: Venmo: @reece-daniel Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/reecedaniel cash: donation cup at event You can also donate through meetup.com, but they take a 17% cut!! Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday! Regards, Reece Curator, Church of the Cosmos Organizer, SomEV Presents City Organizer, Meetup-Boston

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