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The Mystery of Mass: Why the Higgs boson is such a big (small) deal.

Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Boston Pizza (private room)
1045 Columbia St., New  Westminster
(2 blocks from the New West Skytrain station)
7:00 - 9:00 pm

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September 25, 2014

The Mystery of Mass: Why the Higgs boson is such a big (small) deal

What is mass? We all have mass, but most of us don't spend a lot of time thinking about what it is and where it comes from. In contrast, particle physicists have been obsessing on this question for 50 years. We confront this question every day by working at an extreme of distance (tiny) and energy (high). A person's mass might be the sum total of their muscle, bone, fat, blood etc. and a car's mass is the sum of its steel, glass, plastic, etc., but a fundamental particle has nothing inside. So, how can it have mass, and what is mass anyway? The world's largest machine (the Large Hadron Collider) has given us an answer.

Dr. Dugan O’Neil is an Associate Professor of Physics at SFU, Chief Science Officer at Compute Canada and deputy spokesperson of ATLAS-Canada, a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy.

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