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It was front-page news all across the world on July 5th -- "Scientists Discover the Elusive Higgs Boson!" Reporters valiantly tried to explain what it is and why it's so significant to scientists and the study of physics. But for almost all of us, i.e., everyone who is not a physicist, it may sound interesting, but our actual understanding is still about as clear as mud. Illinois Science Council is teaming up with 137 Films to fix that. (And we'll make you seem positively brilliant because you'll be able to explain it to others!)
Join us for the screening of a compelling film, The Atom Smashers. (“One of the best science documentaries!” - Bill Kurtis) This film clearly explains the science behind this discovery and the roller-coaster nature of the search at Fermilab. It beautifully conveys the dedication and conviction of scientists pursuing it. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring physicists from Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories (right here in Chicago's backyard) who have been, and continue to be, personally involved in the experiments conducted for the Higgs particle.
Higgs Boson (aka the God* Particle) Discovery Explained
For poets, painters, professionals, playwrights, procrastinators, and other non-physicists
Monday, July 16, 2012
6:30 - 8:30pm
Hosted at Landmark Century Cinema
2828 N. Clark St. (at Diversey)
Chicago, IL 60657
Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 cash only at the door).
No science prerequisites or previous understanding of physics is necessary, just curiosity.
Space is limited! Reserve your seat now.
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|137 Films is a nonprofit, 501c3 documentary production company based in Chicago that promotes science literacy through storytelling. 137 Films creates films out of the stories found in the world of science and strives to entertain, educate and inform by exploring how science's search for answers impacts our cultural, political and personal lives.|
* The nickname "the god particle" was ascribed to the Higgs boson by a publisher of Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman's book about the science and the search for it by physicists. Scientists are not a fan of the term. Lederman has said it should be "the goddamn particle."
Fun physics factoid: Stephen Hawking lost a $100 bet because he predicted that the Higgs particle would not be found.
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Illinois Science Council
Illinois Science Council ("ISC") is an independent 501c3 organization that engages, educates, and entertains the adult public about science, technology, engineering and math in our everyday lives. We showcase the scientists and research of those Chicago-area institutions and companies that make Chicago our nation's true "City of Science." ISC serves as the science & tech complement to the region's arts & culture offerings.
We are inspired and motivated by this Carl Sagan quote: “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous." Sagan also observed, "We live in a society that is exquisitely dependent upon science and technology in which hardly anyone understands anything about science and technology." ISC is certainly working to change that.
ISC explores all areas of science and technology and we do it with a fun, non-stuffy approach. We don't care what's been forgotten since school (or never learned in the first place). It's simply about continuing to exercise our inexhaustible human sense of curiosity. We create engaging programs open to the public (aimed at adults and accessible to teens) such as hands on chemistry (Chemistry of... Beer, Chocolate, Coffee, Honey, etc), panel discussions on science subjects in the news (Your Brain on Happiness, on Creativity, on Addiction, on Exercise, etc.), author talks, film screenings ("The Atom Smashers"), and more.
Visit: IllinoisScience.org for more info or to get involved.