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What is the Large Hadron Collider? - Frank Wilczek

Complete video at: Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek explains the Large Hadron Collider, how it works, and what scientists hope to discover with it. ----- Light and matter have long been seen as separate: spirit vs. flesh, earthy vs. divine. However, according to Wilczek, physics has blurred the line between light and matter, showing that reality is far from permanent, but rather ever-changing. The 2004 Nobel Prize winner in physics takes a closer look at the very nature of reality, and how our perceptions of reality have changed over time - The Commonwealth Club of California Frank Wilczek has received many prizes for his work in physics, including the Nobel Prize of 2004 for work he did as a graduate student at Princeton University, when he was only 21 years old. He is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and the exploration of new kinds of quantum statistics (anyons). Much in demand for public lectures to a wide range of audiences, Frank has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Light Verse and twice in Best American Science Writing (2003, 2005). His television appearances include "ghostbusting" for Penn and Teller (2005). Frank grew up in Queens, NY and attended the University of Chicago. After getting his Ph.D. from Princeton, he spent time on the faculty there and at the Institute for Advanced Study, as well as at UCSB's Institute for Theoretical Physics, now the KITP. Frank is currently the Herman Feshbach professor of physics at MIT. He is most recently the author of Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.
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