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Uploaded on Oct 4, 2011
We are at a dramatic moment in the history of physics, as the huge Large Hadron Collider experiment has begun its successful operation near Geneva. Around the time of TEDxFlanders, sufficient data should have been collected to allow preliminary answers to a central question that has occupied physicists since the 1970s: what causes particles to get their mass? Is it something known as the "Higgs mechanism"? Experimentalist Tommaso Dorigo and theorist Peter Woit will explain what this is all about, and provide an up-to-the-minute look at the news from Geneva. Why listen to them? Experimentalist Tommaso Dorigo and theorist Peter Woit run two of the most prominent blogs dealing with the latest developments in particle physics. Tommaso Dorigo is an experimental particle physicist working with the Collider Detector experiment at Fermilab and the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN -- the European Organization for Nuclear Research and one of the world's most respected centres for scientific research on fundamental physics. Peter Woit is Senior Lecturer in the Mathematics department at Columbia University. He is known for the critical view on string theory in his book Not Even Wrong. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations) Peter's blog "Not Even Wrong": http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wo... Tommaso's blog "A Quantum Diaries Survivor": http://dorigo.wordpress.com/