Lecture on the Higgs Boson at the Exploratorium by a theoretical and an experimental physicist.
Higgs: The Theory, the Discovery, and the Fate of The UniverseExploratorium (Pier 15, San Francisco, CA) Map it $25
The Higgs Boson was hypothesized out of mathematical necessity, as a fundamental particle of the Universe that gives other fundamental particles their mass. On July 4th, 2012, The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) used the world's largest machine, their Large Hadron Collider (soon to be generating collisions at 14 trillion electron volts, gathering data at 15 thousand terabytes per year, and accelerating protons to within one millionth of one percent short of the speed of light in its 5.3 mile in diameter accelerator), to discover a particle that by almost all accounts matches the hypothesized description of the Higgs Boson. As part of the Exploratorium's adult-only Thursday evening hours, Maria Spiropulu, Ph.D., of CERN and JoAnne Hewett, Ph.D. of Stanford's Linear Accelerator will discuss one of the greatest experimental discoveries in human history with a limited audience.