Dr. Paul Padley, CERN Supercollider Team What you knew about the universe is changing
It's not the universe you thought you knew: Hear world-renowned particle physicist Dr. Paul Padley explain the momentous import of the CERN Supercollider(miles-wide 'big bang machine' under French/Swiss border), in this week's Keynote Presentation at Rotary lunch. Named in 2006 to lead scientific operations for a major subsystem of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), Padley's research may bring to light evidence of new dimensions (or even the theoretical 'God particle' that physicists think created mass in the universe).
The LHC attempts to detect short-lived particles (muons) that are produced when the machine smashes protons together at near Light-speed, which could illuminate the nature of mysterious dark matter that comprises most of the universe, challenge our most basic ideas about the world, and open the door to a mind-boggling array of new technologies. Padley took his PhD in physics at the University of Toronto in 1987 and has worked on experiments at the world's leading particle physics facilities since that time. Currently a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University, he is also active in bringing physics to the public, appearing on the Discovery Channel, serving as science mentor and advisor to the board of the-future.com, as well as to Houston's Alley Theatre, and contributing an episode for the Magic Schoolbus. Click to read an INTERVIEW with Dr. Padley on The Past and the Future of the Universe. Thanks to BSWH Rotarian Dr. John Freeman for arranging this remarkable program!