Dear Café Scientifiquers, our next café will happen on Tuesday September 25th, 7:30pm at The Railway Club. Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Isabel Trigger, TRIUMF research scientist.  Details of her talk are as follows:

Higgs for the Masses: A Peek Under the Hood of the Universe

This summer experiments at the world’s largest particle accelerator at the CERN laboratory in Geneva announced discovery of a subatomic particle “consistent” with the one  believed to give matter its mass.  The Higgs Boson sparked extraordinary levels of public attention and media interest, in part due to the particle’s nickname (“god particle”), but also since its  discovery is the result of  a 40-year quest involving tens of thousands of scientists.   But what, exactly, is a Higgs Boson? Why is it important? Who found it, and how?  And what do we do with it now that we think we’ve found it? This talk will explore the Higgs Boson and what it means for our understanding of the universe at its most basic level.



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