Please Explain is all about matter, anti-matter, and dark matter. Lisa Randall, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Harvard University; Michael Tuts, Professor of Physics at Columbia University and Mordecai Mark Mac-Low, Chair of the Department of Physics at the American Museum of Natural History tell us all about what it is and what it means.
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If you care about the big questions of the physical world, then Lisa Randall would be great company at a dinner party. Over drinks, the Harvard physicist could tell you what we know and don’t know about particle physics and cosmology.
During dinner she’d use poetry to describe the Large Hadron Collider – the biggest machine ever built – and the mysteries it could soon reveal. And with dessert — a passionate argument for the value of scientific thinking and what we lose when we put faith over logic.
Lawrence Krauss is a professor in the Department of Physics at Arizona State University. His lecture entitled Life, the Universe and Nothing was recorded at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto on March 27th, 2009.
Our guest this week is Lisa Randall, the Harvard theoretical physicist and one of the most heavily cited and influential researchers in her field. She’s a member of a number of distinguished scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences—but she’s also a very popular science author, behind the bestselling Warped Passages: Unraveling the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions, and more recently Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, which is just out in paperback.
Between the hardback and paperback release of Knocking on Heaven’s Door, a subject much discussed in the book—the quest for the discovery of the Higgs boson—was actually completed. Or at least, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider found a particle that sure looks like the Higgs.
Randall has a new e-book about this entitled Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space. So we were thrilled to speak with her about the Higgs, and what the discovery means about the ability of physics to continually peel back new layers of the universe.