Posts by Neville

Professor Emeritus Saint Petersburg State University Area of specialty: Experimentally demonstrating the elaborate logic underpinning nature's awesome machinery. At the IF since 1991.

Beautiful Equations A Documentary

Artist and writer Matt Collings takes the plunge into an alien world of equations. He asks top scientists to help him understand five of the most famous equations in science, talks to Stephen Hawking about his equation for black holes and comes face to face with a particle of anti-matter.

Along the way he discovers why Newton was right about those falling apples and how to make sense of E=mc2. As he gets to grips with these equations he wonders whether the concept of artistic beauty has any relevance to the world of physics.

Here Collings talks to Stephen Hawking who explains Bekenstein-Hawking equation:

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Discovering “the genetic code of the universe.” Q&A with the Physicists Who Found the Higgs

TIME: So you did it. Almost 50 years after the Higgs was first theorized, you found it. How does that feel?

Gianotti: First of all, we are happy. To me personally this event is an arrival point and departure point. It’s an arrival point because it’s been the dream of all of us. But there’s more. It brings more physics beyond the standard model. Among the questions we have in mind: dark matter, antimatter and matter symmetry. It’s a very nice reward for the work.

Heuer: It does open as many questions as it answers. You always find an answer but this answer usually gets you to more questions.

Gianotti: provided you know the right question to ask.

Incandela: If you look at all the particles we’ve discovered before, they’re either matter particles or copies of them. But the Higgs involves what makes up the universe. I give lectures to the public and say what we’re searching for is the genetic code of the universe.