Particle Fever: a conversation with Fresno State physicists who participated in the hunt for the Higgs-Boson

Large hadron

Have heard about the Large Hadron Collider? Do you know about the Higgs-Boson particle? And the Nobel Prize winning theory of the Higgs field which gives mass to elementary particles? If you’ve been intrigued by any of these, you are in for a treat at our next event.

This November, join us for a special event: an evening with a panel of physicists from the Physics department at California State University, Fresno, who were involved in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, which confirmed the existence of the Higgs-Boson particle. This will be a mixed media event, where we will see excerpts from the movie “Particle Feverwhich movingly retells the story of the Large Hadron Collider, and why it has had everyone in the physics world excited in recent years. The film gives us a ringside seat to watch a remarkable scientific experiment unfold. Dr. Yongsheng Gao was actually inside the ring, participating in the experiment, along with postdoctoral scholar Dr. Harinder Bawa, and students from the Physics department! Dr. Gao and colleagues will show us parts of the film and share their own insights from the ATLAS project.

Here’s a trailer for Particle Fever:

Since showing the entire film + panel discussion will put us well over our usual 60-90 min Café evening, we have arranged a special showing of the film at Peeve’s Pub on the preceding Sunday (2 Nov 2014) afternoon. Come hang out at the pub to watch the movie first, and then come back for the panel discussion the next evening after you’ve had a chance to digest some of the content of the film. You can also watch the film online on Netflix or iTunes. As mentioned above, we will also show some key excerpts of the film before the panel discussion, in case you are unable to see the whole film. So watching the film is basically like optional extra-credit homework which will help you get more out of the panel discussion, but is not absolutely necessary to participate!

When: Monday, 3 November 2014, 7:00 PM (panel discussion); Sunday, 20 Nov 2014, 4:00 PM – film screening.

Where:  Peeve’s Public House
, 1243 Fulton Mall, Fresno, CA 93721

Contact:  559-278-2460 (cafe inquiries) / 559-573-5735 (Pub’s number)

Here’s the full poster for this event – please feel free to download, print, and share with your friends and family:

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