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Down at the Particle Pub

21 Oct 2009, 22:06 UTC
Down at the Particle Pub
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There's nothing quite like taking science to the people in the form of their local pub, particularly if it's part of the ongoing Quantum to Cosmos Festival, hosted by the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada. Last night I joined physicists Lee Smolin (a founding member of Perimeter, Jazz Whisperer, and author of The Trouble of Physics, among other books) and Cliff Burgess (McMaster University and All-Around Mensch) to chat with our fellow imbibers about the Large Hadron Collider, the Standard Model of particle physics, what one might do with an old, outdated accelerator, and after the alcohol took effect, we even delved a bit into quantum gravity (Lee's bailiwick). Good times!

The festivities were hosted by ringmaster Wilson da Silva, Awesome Dude -- also editor of Cosmos magazine. Those Aussies know how to bring science where it counts. There are photographs of the event, oh yes, and there was supposed to be a podcast suitable for downloading, but apparently we didn't speak loudly enough and there were "technical issues" as a result. No matter. A good time was had by all, especially the panelists.

The evening's title was "The Biggest Gamble in Physics?" because Wilson believes in ...

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