The Large Hadron Collider: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe

There is a lecture regarding The Large Hadron Collider at the RIC 119 University of Regina Thursday, April 14 starting at 7:00.

Conceived and constructed to test the best contemporary theories of particle physics, the results from The Large Hadron Collider, now in its second successful year of running, will provide novel insights into the fundamental properties of matter and the mechanisms underlying the behavior and the evolution of the cosmos. In my talk, I will elaborate this newly emerging picture of connectivity – a picture that seeks both to illuminate and trace the deep roots that connect the macrocosm (the universe) and the microcosm (the world of elementary particles). Our task will be to unweave the fabric of the universe, and thereby tease out the intricate strands that connect the Standard Model of particle physics (and its many possible extensions) to the observed large-scale structure around us. Indeed, it is now abundantly clear that some 13.5 billion years ago the universe was minutely small, a compact cloud of raw, broiling energy evolving on a mercurial time scale, and yet out of this primordial microcosm grew the macrocosm that is the vast universe of today, with its associated flotsam of galaxies, stars, planets and life.

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