My talk for the general public about the Large Hadron Collider [LHC] and the search for the Higgs particle, given online as part of the series of talks put on by MICA (Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics) at Caltech, is now posted. The pdf of the slides, and the audio, are available here:
And I recommend you take a look at their other talks also; it’s a great list.
What is MICA? Here’s what they say at their website.
Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics
- The Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics (MICA) is a professional scientific and educational, non-profit organization based in virtual worlds [VWs]. We are currently using Second Life (SL), and the Intel’s OpenSim-based world ScienceSim, and may expand to other venues as the VWs evolve.
You will sense, if you listen to the talk, that the virtual world is still a little buggy, there are some amusing moments! But on the whole, the virtual world offers many new opportunities for bringing together large but dispersed communities of people with common interests.
Since particle physicists are dispersed across the globe, in professional settings we use video and audio conferencing all the time. In fact, in just a few minutes after posting this, I’m going to listen to and watch a presentation at a conference at the CERN Laboratory (which houses the LHC) from the comfort of my office. I’ve attended conferences in Geneva while in Ontario, and attended conferences in India while in New York. I’ve even given a talk to a conference in Europe while I was just outside one of our National Parks in California! (You can either view this as letting work intrude into a vacation, or not allowing work to prevent a vacation; up to you.) And any experimentalist at the LHC probably attends at least one virtual meeting each day. So for our especially international and collaborative community, virtual experiences have been the norm for quite a while.