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“The Higgs and Beyond: Brave New Physics” public event

December 3, 2012

TORONTO, ON — After a massive search involving thousands of researchers from around the world and the biggest particle accelerator ever built, physicists announced the historic discovery of the Higgs boson recently. What exactly is this elusive particle and how does its discovery change our view of the universe? These questions and more will be explored by some of the most innovative physicists in North America at a University of Toronto event this Friday.

Hosted by CBC Radio’s Bob McDonald, the public event will feature Caltech physicist and author of The Particle At The End of The Universe, Sean Carroll, and University of Toronto professors Pierre Savard and William Trischuk, who were involved in the Higgs discovery through their work at the the Large Hadron Collider, which took ten years and $9 billion dollars to build.


COST: Free

WHEN: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

WHERE: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street W., Toronto

• Sean Carroll
Caltech Physicist, Blogger, Author of The Particle at the End of the Universe
Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist studying the structure and evolution of the universe. He is especially interested in inflation, the arrow of time, and what happened before and during the Big Bang. He frequently consults for film and television, and has been featured on television shows such as The Colbert Report.

• Pierre Savard and William Trischuk
Professors of Physics, University of Toronto
High-energy physicists Prof. Pierre Savard and Prof. William Trischuk were involved in the Large Hadron Collider project. Thirty U of T researchers, including 16 graduate students, used the U of T’s super-computing resources to sift through data to identify collisions containing Higgs boson candidates.

• Bob McDonald
Host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks


For more information, contact:

University of Toronto Media Relations
Tel: (416) 978-0100