Carleton University’s Physics Department will host the lecture “Improbable Feats and Useless Discoveries” presented by Pauline Gagnon, senior research scientist at the University of Indiana. The lecture will discuss scientific curiosity, fundamental science and particle physics.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Room 302, Azrieli Theatre, Carleton University
Info: This event is free and open to the public.
Media are invited to attend the event.
Who decided what to build and who designed, tested and operated the large detectors used at CERN at the Large Hadron Collider? Nobody and everybody. The large scientific collaborations of thousands of physicists coming from several dozen different countries are responsible for these detectors and all decisions are taken by consensus. Scientific curiosity provides the essential motivation that drives everyone. Particles like the Higgs boson will most likely never find a practical application, so why is fundamental research so important and why can humanity not afford to go without investing in research? Gagnon will address these questions after a brief introduction to particle physics.
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