• The Dark Side of the Universe - Lectures 1 & 2: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! What can I say; when Prof. Carroll mentioned his series on Dark Matter and Dark Energy during our last set of lectures on the Higgs Boson, I just couldn't help myself. I know what you're thinking, "didn't we do a DM/DE theme last year?" True, but I feel this time around will be even better because A) Sean Carroll is a great science communicator, B) this topic is a nice segue from our last series on the standard model/Higgs Boson, and C) the last time we talked about DM/DE it was a hodgepodge of videos and talks that I pulled from the far corners of the internet, whereas this set of lectures is a complete, self-contained unit. That being said, please join us this Wednesday (6/19) as we begin our 12-week screening + discussion of the lecture series "Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe." In this series we will examine the key concepts of an expanding universe from Albert Einstein to Edwin Hubble, led by an expert in the field. We'll be beginning our journey tomorrow night with two lectures focused on our current understanding of the building blocks of the universe as well as the history of how we got here. A description of lectures #1 & #2 are below: Lecture #1: Fundamental Building Blocks (2007, 33 min) "Scientists now have a complete inventory of the universe, which is composed of three basic constituents: Ordinary matter includes every kind of particle ever directly observed; dark matter consists of massive particles known only because of their gravitational effects; and dark energy is a smoothly distributed component that whose density does not change as the universe expands." Lecture #2: The Smooth, Expanding Universe (2007, 30 min) "Imagine looking into a clear night sky with perfect vision. What would you see? This lecture surveys the visible universe—from the stars in our galaxy to the cloudy patches called nebulae that astronomer Edwin Hubble proved are galaxies in their own right—and Hubble's discovery that the universe is expanding." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, 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

  • Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Public Lecture Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! As we take a breather from our recently concluded lecture series on Higgs Boson, I thought it'd be a good idea to watch something that's a little less intense and more accessible. This week we will be watching a public lecture on "Gravitational Wave Astronomy" - which is one of the many wonderful Public Lectures delivered at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI). Gravitational Waves, since their discovery in 2017, have been hugely talked about in media and pop culture. In this lecture, Dr Andrew Fruchter, an astronomer at STSI talks about what gravitational waves are, how do we detect them and what we can learn from them. P.S. - we also get to hear the sound of two colliding black holes! The original talk is about 1 hour 40 minutes, we will be viewing the part that focuses on gravitational waves. For those who are interested to view the full talk (including a really cool image released the Hubble Space Telescope team to celebrate its 28th anniversary), here's the link to the original recording - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrHxpU8lYWw As I mentioned, this should be an accessible talk, no prior understanding of gravitational waves or astronomy is required to appreciate this lecture 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

  • The Higgs Boson and Beyond - Lectures 11 & 12: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday (6/5) as we finish 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 wrapping up our series this Wednesday with two lectures focused on the impact of the Higgs Boson on the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the possible link between the Higgs and Dark Energy. A description of lectures #11 & 12 is below: Lecture #11: Beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics (2015, 32 min) "Now that the Higgs boson has been found, everything is answered, right? Not quite. Professor Carroll says the properties of the Higgs suggest that something else is at work out there. Moreover, the Higgs boson can be a stepping-stone to our exploration of dark matter, extra dimensions, the asymmetry of matter and antimatter, and a Grand Unified Theory of particle physics." Lecture #12: Frontiers—Higgs in Space (2015, 31 min) "The Standard Model explains the forces and molecules that comprise us and everything with which we interact. But even with the Higgs, we can’t explain the stuff that makes up 95% of the universe: dark matter and dark energy. In his conclusion, Professor Carroll shines a light on dark matter, its relationship with the Higgs, and the wonderful mysteries still ahead." Don't worry if you don't know anything about this subject. No prior understanding of subatomic particles, Higgs Bosons, Dark Energy, 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 Higgs Boson and Beyond - Lectures 9 & 10: Screening + Discussion

    Greetings Fellow Cosmonauts! Please join us this Wednesday (5/29) 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 the Large Hadron Collider and the methods employed to discover the Higgs Boson. A description of lectures #9 & 10 is below: Lecture #9: The Large Hadron Collider (2015, 32 min) "If blacksmithing were like particle physics, the Large Hadron Collider would be the anvil. Seventeen miles around and representing the unprecedented cooperation of scientists worldwide over the course of years, the LHC is a remarkable achievement. Explore its construction, capabilities, and amazing promise for the future of physics." Lecture #10: Capturing the Higgs Boson (2015, 31 min) "Looking for a needle in a haystack? Try looking for a never-before-seen particle in the largest machine ever built. With the LHC complete, the search for the Higgs began in earnest, and particle physics combined with probability to find the missing piece in the Standard Model puzzle. Professor Carroll describes both the exciting hunt and the key players in the amazing discovery." 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 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