CERN: What’s it all about?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 @ 6:00pm

Event Info

Admission

$10 for advance registration; $15 at the door; $5 for students

Venue

The Chicago Club

81 East Van Buren Street

Chicago, 

IL 

60605

Presenter

Chicago Council on Science and Technology
312-567-5829

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Some scientists believe that the Higgs boson, a never-before-seen subatomic particle, is the fundamental building block of the universe that gives mass to matter. Recent high-energy particle experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, have hinted at the existence of this "god particle." But what exactly is the Higgs boson and why do people call it the "god particle"? This program will highlight the importance of this subatomic particle and discuss what its discovery would mean for physics and society. The program will also present recent advances in Higgs boson research and the future directions of high-energy particle experimentation in Europe and the United States. Speaking at this event is Young-Kee Kim, deputy director of Fermilab and professor of physics at the University of Chicago.