Hi! I’m Matt Strassler, theoretical physicist — currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and until recently a full professor at Rutgers University — with over 75 papers on string theory and on particle physics.
I believe deeply that science is one of the world’s great spectator sports, and should be a source of joy and excitement for the public — especially for kids and for kids at heart. But my field of particle physics can be especially hard to follow! And this is such an exciting time, with the Large Hadron Collider (or LHC) exploring all sorts of new territory and having recently discovered the long-sought Higgs particle!
So check out my website, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and enjoy! Here you’ll find careful consideration of all the developments at the LHC — the real deal, without all the hype, and without all the confusion generated by the press and by scientists with axes to grind. You’ll also find an explanation (to be gradually assembled) of what the LHC is, how it works, and why it was built. And there will also be occasional posts on the nature of science, how it really works (as opposed to what you learn in science class or read in the press,) and its role in history and in modern culture.
By the way, I often give public lectures on science. If you are interested in having me speak, for a short twenty minutes or for an hour, or just want me to answer some questions for an hour or so, feel free to get in touch. Or check out my video clips on YouTube and elsewhere!
Also, in case you’re curious, I went to college at Simon’s Rock (the first “early college.”) I also attended Princeton and got my Ph. D. at Stanford. I’ve worked at the Institute for Advanced Study and been a faculty member at Rutgers, the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania. I was also a visiting assistant professor at Harvard for a semester.