Join us for a taste of physics, as we hear from two local scientists about their research!
Listening to the Universe for the very first time
Daniel Holz, University of Chicago
We'll discuss Einstein, gravity, black holes, and gravitational waves.
Computing for Big Science: how a global scale computer grid helped the Large Hadron Collider discover the Higgs boson
Robert Gardner, University of Chicago
In July, 2012 the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland discovered the Higgs boson, confirming a theory put forward 50 years earlier to explain the origin of mass in the Universe. A worldwide computing grid was constructed to sift through mountains of data to reveal the Higgs signature. A year later the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their co-discovery of the theory. Come see what a Higgs looks like, and how computers find them.