Leading scientists discuss ambitious science projects around the world, including the Large Hadron Particle Collider, and the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle. Dr. Brian Greene, Dr. Michael S. Turner, Rolf-Dieter Heuer are in discussion. Location: Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room"
Picking up where Sagan and Feynman left off, the telegenic Prof. Greene not only has contributed immensely to popular understanding of science through best-selling books, television, and the World Science Festival — he also has done trenchwork at the front lines of string theory and quantum physics. Ask him about his Erdős–Bacon number.
Michael S. Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago, which he helped to establish, and is president-elect of the American Physical Society. Turner helped pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology and the Fermilab astrophysics program, which today accounts for about ten percent of the lab’s activities. He led the National Academy study Quarks to the Cosmos that laid out the strategic vision for the field. Turner’s scholarly contributions include predicting cosmic acceleration and coining the term dark energy. His many honors include the Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, the Klopsted Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the 2011 Darwin Lecture of the Royal Astronomical Society, among many others.
Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, acknowledges that there are still a great many cosmic unknowns to discover, even after the purported finding of the Higgs Boson "God Particle" at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.