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Mass and Fields

We examine the concept of mass from the different perspectives of Newton and Einstein. Fields are introduced, starting with the familiar gravitational and magnetic fields. Our modern understandings of the mass of an atom and the masses of the proton and the neutron are not as simple as one might expect.

What's New in Science - Tim Gorringe Spring 2013 Series, University of Kentucky

Introduction to a Stunning Discovery

This segment outlines the presentation and introduces the large hadron collider (LHC), the massive ATLAS and CMS experiments, and the economic scale and human scale of the experiments. It ends with speculations on the Nobel Prize for the Higgs particle prediction and Higgs particle discovery.

What's New in Science - Tim Gorringe Spring 2013 Series, University of Kentucky

The Higgs Field and its Role in Creating Mass

We meet the Higgs field, and also consider aspects of empty space and the universe. Two demonstrations are used to model how the Higgs field gives mass to particles: sugar and ping-pong balls; and a prism and light beams.

What's New in Science - Tim Gorringe Spring 2013 Series, University of Kentucky

The Experiment and Data; and What’s Next?

How do ATLAS and CMS actually "see" individual Higgs particles? Here’s an opportunity for you to join the search for Higgs particles and other things at atlas-live.cern.ch/ There are still lots of unanswered questions and puzzles about the Higgs particle, and crazy ideas abound about so-called dark matter and dark energy that fill the universe.

What's New in Science - Tim Gorringe Spring 2013 Series, University of Kentucky

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