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The Higgs Boson: What is it and Why is it Important? -- Paul Greiling
San Luis Obispo, CA
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The Higgs Boson: What is it and Why is it Important? -- Paul Greiling
Without the presence of the Higgs Boson and the associated Higgs Field in the universe, nothing would have mass. And without mass, everything just flies around at the speed of light. A universe without mass would be pretty hard to pin down. Nothing would stick around long enough to create matter and the reality we know around us. Thats how important the Higgs is to absolutely everything as we know it.

The hunt for the Higgs garnered wide media attention due to its cost, complexity and importance. Its discovery in 2012 was celebrated around the world.

Few of us understand exactly what the Higgs Boson is, and why its discovery was so important that it was necessary that the world had to build the Large Hadron Collider -- single largest and most complex device in the history of mankind, spending 10 billion dollarsin the process -- in order to find it. This story is one of the most fascinating, important, and thrilling in the history of modern physics.

In The Higgs Boson and Beyond, a series of 30-minute lectures with many images and onscreen definitions (and almost no equations!) on DVD, you will be guided through the details of this incredible story by a brilliant researcher and gifted speaker who closely followed the hunt for the Higgs boson and was at CERN on the day they announced the discovery.

Youll also get an in-depth view of the Large Hadron Collider. By the end of this course, youll understand how the Higgs boson verifies the final piece in the Standard Model of particle physics. Youll also learn that the discovery of the Higgs boson has importance for a huge number of unanswered questions and exciting avenues of research in modern physics, including:

How elementary particles get mass;

Insight into the nature of the universe and its ultimate fate;

Insight into cosmic inflationa theory that describes exponential expansion of space during the first few moments of the universe;

-New approaches to understanding dark matter and possible extra dimensions.

After each DVD lecture you will be led in discussion about that lecture by Paul Greiling

This is a four section course.  Buying one ticket entitles you to be admitted to all four sections/classes of this course in  April.

Classes will be held from 10am-12noon each Thursday.

You will see three lectures at each of the four sessions.

Paul Greiling spent his 30 year career teaching, consulting and leading a research laboratory on microwave solid state devices. He received his BS, BA, MS and PhD from the University of Michigan. He taught at Northeastern University and consulted at MIT Lincoln Labs. Moving to California he joined the faculty at UCLA while consulting for local aerospace companies.

He then joined Hughes Research Labs(HRL) as manager of the Microelectronics Lab developing state-of-the art microwave semiconductor devices and circuits for commercial, military and space applications. In 1984-85 he became a Fellow of IEEE and was selected as the IEEE National Lecturer presenting talks throughout the US, Europe and Asia on High Speed Gallium Arsenide Digital ICs. He has published extensively on microwave III-V semiconductor devices and circuits. He retired in 1998 as Director of microwave military and commercial programs at HRL.


KCBX in SLO (View)
4100 Vachell Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
United States


Education > Classes

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast
On BPT Since: Jun 04, 2012
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