Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
September 11, 2012 at Belmont Media Center, Belmont, MA
Steven Nahn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professor Steven Nahn, who gave a very popular SftPublic lecture on the Large Hadron Collider in 2011 (Front Row Seat at the Big Bang) returns to tell us about the July discovery of the Higgs boson --or something that satisfies the criteria. Finding the Higgs --or Higgs-ish-- is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science. This is the source of mass that makes possible the existence of our familiar form of matter. Dr. Nahn explains what the Higgs boson is and why it is so important for a model of the structure of matter. He also describes the enormous challenge of finding the Higgs --even with the power of the Large Hadron Collider-- and the extreme requirements of scientific verification for this elusive particle.
Dr. Nahn is involved in one of the two major projects at the LHC, the Compact Muon Solenoid. His research is concerned with major questions in particle physics today: the nature of the mass that makes atoms and molecules possible, asymmetry, dark energy and dark matter. Meet Steven Nahn, PhD