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The Higgs Hangover: A Sober Look at the Wild Frontier of Particle Physics

Saturday, June 1, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

On July 4, 2012 the champagne flowed. The elusive Higgs boson—the fundamental particle that gives mass to all other particles—had been found. After generations of work, the last puzzle piece was in place and the Standard Model of particle physics was complete. But then… the morning hangover. Particle physicists woke up to ask: What next? What is the road map that will guide physicists to the next triumphs, from identifying dark matter to quantizing gravity, and perhaps providing insight into the deepest question of all—why is there something rather than nothing? What theories will light the way? What machines will we need to build (yet more powerful colliders?) to tether progress to reality? Join a renowned group of physicists to explore how we leapfrog forward from success.

The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.


Brian Greene
Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Nima Arkani-HamedTheoretical Physicist

Nima Arkani-Hamed is a theorist with wide interests in fundamental physics, from quantum field theory and string theory to collider physics and cosmology. He was educated at Toronto, Berkeley and Stanford, was a professor of physics at Berkeley and Harvard before joining the Institute for Advanced Study in 2008.

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Monica DunfordPhysicist

Monica Dunford is an experimental high-energy particle physicist who helped bring the ATLAS detector at CERN into operation for the first Large Hadron Collider beam and collisions.

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Joe LykkenPhysicist

Joseph Lykken is Fermilab’s Deputy Director of Research. A distinguished scientist at the laboratory, Lykken was a former member of the Theory Department and is a member of the CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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