Our Particular Universe: Understanding What We Know, What We Don't Know (Yet)
See article about the event on Michael Lerner’s blog.
Join Michael Lerner in a conversation with physicist Tom Nash in a combination physics tutorial and cosmology exploration… pondering questions such as whether there is one universe or many, whether the universe is alive or inert, and whether life is an accident or part of a cosmic design. Tom helps us understand some challenging, very current, and surprisingly related subjects. These include:
- The conceptually difficult “Standard Model,” and the Higgs Boson (aka the “God” particle);
- Stephen Hawkings’s beautiful book The Grand Design about the structure of the universe and the suggestions that there is a multi-universe, of which ours is just one of a huge number;
- The technically heroic search for gravitational waves.
Tom is now an emeritus scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, where he spent more than 30 years as an experimental high-energy and astro physicist, a high-performance computer developer, and finally as associate director for Computing and Technology. He is presently a member of the California Institute of Technology group collaborating on the LIGO Gravitational Wave Project. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.