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  • Academy Events

  • Pop-Up Particle Physics from the Large Hadron Collider

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City, The ATLAS Experiment, CERN - The European Organization for Nuclear Research, and the the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, and Papadakis Publisher

    Alan Alda will moderate as leading physicists Lisa Randall (Harvard) and Michael Tuts (Columbia), join CERN's Emma Sanders to explain new science coming from the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. In particular, they'll share details of the ATLAS Experiment, a particle physics experiment that began earlier this year searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy.

    ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.

    Voyage to the Heart of Matter, is a pop-up book that Sanders has authored with pop-up engineer and illustrator Anton Radevsky about the science of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, focusing on the ATLAS experiment. In this unique collaboration, 7,000 tons of metal, glass, plastic, cables, and computer chips leap from the page in miniature pop-up, to tell the story of CERN’s quest to understand the birth of the universe.

    This event is presented with the support of the Consulate General of Switzerland. Deputy Consul General Sabine Ulmann Shaban, representing the home country of the Large Hadron Collider, will make opening remarks.

    A reception and booksigning will follow, where both CERN's Voyage to the Heart of Matter and Dr. Randall's Warped Passages will be available for purchase.

    After the event, find Voyage to the Heart of Matter for sale online or at these Manhattan and Brooklyn bookstores: Bookcourt, Crawford Doyle, Greenlight Bookstore, Rizzoli, Barnes& Noble, and Archivia Books.

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