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What’s all the fuss about the Higgs boson?

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have recently discovered the Higgs boson. So, what does this mean? What IS the Higgs boson? For that matter, what is the Large Hadron Collider? This is being heralded as the greatest physics discovery of our lifetime, and yet, its significance is hardly obvious to most of us. 

FJoin science comedian Brian Malow and NC State University physicist Dean Lee for an illuminating presentation at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Daily Planet Café, Thursday, July 12 at 7pm. In what promises to be the most spirited conversation about physics you’ve heard in a long time, Brian and Dean will help you understand what the Higgs field is, what the Higgs boson is, and how they can be responsible for other particles having mass. What are particles, anyway? And what is mass? And what is the Standard Model? Dean will answer Brian’s questions and yours in this special edition of the Museum’s Science Cafés.

Dean Lee is a professor in the department of physics at NCSU. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from Harvard University, but his current research is in theoretical nuclear physics and quantum systems. More specifically he works on effective field theory, lattice methods for few- and many-body systems, quantum Monte Carlo, nuclei and neutron matter, cold atomic Fermi gases, spontaneous symmetry breaking, Bose-Einstein condensation, and superfluidity.

The Daily Planet Café is located on the corner of Jones and McDowell streets and is part of the Nature Research Center, the new wing of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. or more information, visit www.naturalsciences.org. The presentation is free.

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012