Exploratorium Saturday Science: The Higgs Boson, April 6, 2013
by Rob Rothfarb • April 1, 2013
Science at the Exploratorium
Science presentations return to Second Life, following the great series of science lectures at MICA. Come and join us as the best presenters in Second Life bring cutting edge science to life.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 ,10:00 AM SLT
The amphitheater in the Exploratorium sim. https://maps.secondlife.com:443/secondlife/Exploratorium/80/169/27
Professor Rob Knop aka Prospero Frobozz presents
THE HIGGS BOSON
Approximately a year ago, two experiments at the LHC at CERN announced that they’d discovered a new particle that might be the Higgs Boson; more recently, there have been press releases stating that they are now pretty sure that it is in fact the Higgs Boson. But what is this Higgs Boson, and why are people excited that it has been discovered? What does it mean to say that it has discovered? And, what does it mean to say that the Higgs Boson “gives particles mass”? In this talk, I’ll give a brief overview of the Standard Model of Particle Physics, describe how the Higgs Boson fits into it, and attempt to give an explanation as to how mass is said to arise from this Higgs business.
The lectures will be given in voice. Audience may ask questions in chat.