The Standard Model at Fifty

At the beginning of June 2018, I gave an (academic) talk on the discovery of the Higgs boson at a meeting at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) to celebrate fifty years of the Standard Model – the SM@50.

20180603_112015The list of speakers was without doubt the most eminent collection of physicists I have ever  been a part of. In alphabetical order, and mostly with links to the reasons for their eminence:

Continue reading

Posted in HIstory, Particle Physics, Physics, Science, Travel | Tagged , ,

Cartographic Errors

Despite my best efforts and those of several others, there are, inevitably, some errors in A Map of the Invisible/Atom Land. Apologies.

When they get spotted and reported, they get fixed in future editions. Where they might cause confusion to the reader who have older editions, I am collecting them on this page. I’ll also add any note or queries which come up and seem like they might be interesting, just as I did with Smashing Physics.

MAP8-fix-trim

Posted in Writing | Tagged ,

Life, Physics and Everything

When the Guardian’s science blog network closes, Life & Physics will have been here for eight years. Physics has come a long way in that time, but there is (as always) more to be done…

My sign-off from The Guardian.

Higgs to 2e2μ candidate

Collision event recorded by ATLAS at the CERN LHC in 2017 (run=328263, event=953423990). Photograph: ATLAS/CERN

Posted in Astrophysics, My Favourite Particle, Particle Physics, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Science, Writing | Tagged

USA Temperature: can I sucker you?

I’m just back from a bit of a busman’s holiday in California, so US weather is on my mind. No anecdotes though – instead, here is an instructive example of the bad kind of data mining.

Open Mind

Suppose I wanted to convince people that temperature in the USA wasn’t going up, it was going down. What would I show? Let’s try yearly average temperature in the conterminous U.S., also known as the “lower 48 states” (I’ll just call it “USA”):

View original post 627 more words

Posted in Climate Change, Science | Tagged

Two quarks for Muster Higgs

Since the big discovery of 2012, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been accumulating data and making steady progress. Two recent results establish the origins of the mass of the two heaviest quarks

At the Guardian.

The visitor centre at the ALICE experiment on the CERN Large Hadron Collider

The visitor centre at the ALICE experiment on the CERN Large Hadron Collider Photograph: Jon Butterworth

Posted in Particle Physics, Physics, Science | Tagged , , ,

All genius, all buffoon: 100 years of Richard Feynman

feynman-300x300Audio documentary by Robin Ince and Trent Burton at the Cosmic Shambles network.

Posted in Particle Physics, Physics, Science | Tagged , ,

ProtoDUNE

Interview on BBC Inside Science.

Posted in Particle Physics, Physics, Science, Technology | Tagged , ,

LHC Upgrade and the AWAKE Experiment

Interview on BBC Radio 4 Inside Science.

Posted in Particle Physics, Physics, Science | Tagged , , , ,

Richard Feynman’s Centenary

Interview with Adam Rutherford on BBC Inside Science.

Posted in Particle Physics, Physics, Physics Stories, Science | Tagged , , ,

What time is it and why?

The particles of which the universe is made don’t much care which way time goes. But we do, and so do the stars and the planets.

At the Guardian.

Posted in Physics, Science, Writing | Tagged , , ,