Science Express @ Te Papa: The Large Hadron Collider – separating myth from reality
Thursday 5 November 2009,
Level 4 Espresso
Should we be worried about a second big bang, or black holes turning Europe into Swiss cheese? Why was the six billion euro Large Hadron Collider (LHC) built and can it tell us anything useful?
For the last 20 years, theoretical physicists have developed theories of sub-atomic particles safe in the knowledge that no one could do an experiment that might prove them wrong. The Large Hadron Collider can now test these theories!
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Come and listen to physicist Marcus Wilson as he separates the popular myths from the scientific facts.
Wilson studied physics at the University of Cambridge, before moving to Bristol in 1992 to undertake a PhD that addressed a problem in solid-state physics. After looking at the application of physics to agriculture, he joined QinetiQ (formerly an agency of the UK Ministry of Defence) to research stealth technologies for ships. He is now a senior lecturer in physics and engineering at the University of Waikato and researches the electrical behaviour of the human brain. Read his blog at: http://sci.waikato.ac.nz/physicsstop.
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