Posted: July 7th, 2010
Pop-Up Particle Physics from the Large Hadron Collider

Alan Alda moderates as leading physicists Lisa Randall (Harvard) and Michael Tuts (Columbia), join CERN’s Emma Sanders to explain new science coming from the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. In particular, they share details of the ATLAS Experiment, a particle physics experiment that began earlier this year searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy.

ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.

Voyage to the Heart of Matter is a pop-up book that Sanders has authored with pop-up engineer and illustrator Anton Radevsky about the science of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, focusing on the ATLAS experiment. In this unique collaboration, 7,000 tons of metal, glass, plastic, cables, and computer chips leap from the page in miniature pop-up, to tell the story of CERN’s quest to understand the birth of the universe.

This event is presented with the support of the Consulate General of Switzerland. Deputy Consul General Sabine Ulmann Shaban, representing the home country of the Large Hadron Collider, will make opening remarks.

Recorded on May 25 at the New York Academy of Sciences.  Total runtime: 98 minutes.


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