Here are some video clips of talks that I have given to a public audience (with more to come!)
The Quest for the Higgs Boson (Aspen, CO, March 15, 2013) [one hour, preceded by 5 mins. introduction and followed by 25 mins. of Q&A]
Click here to reach the GrassRoots TV page, then click “Watch Now” on the right-hand side.Streaming apparently no longer works. Click here to reach a page which has a link that allows you to download the .wmv file — it’s 613 megabytes, so you want a fast connection and 5 to 20 minutes to kill.
Here’s an hour-long on-line radio interview about the Large Hadron Collider, with me as interviewee, and well-known science writer, documentary film-maker and MIT professor Tom Levenson as interviewer:
Here’s a one and a half hour panel discussion (from the March 2012 SEARCH workshop) that is at a professional level, so not much of it is really layperson-friendly. But some of you may find it interesting to hear theoretical particle physicists reacting to this very interesting moment when the data from the Large Hadron Collider was enough to hint at a Higgs particle but is insufficient for convincing evidence. In my post from May 4th, 2012 you’ll find suggestions on what you might find most worth listening to, and a glossary to help you with a bit of the jargon.
- SEARCH workshop panel discussion (University of Maryland, March 18, 2012)
A Ring of Truth: Seeking Answers to Big Questions at the Large Hadron Collider (Secret Science Club, Brooklyn, NY, March 16, 2011 — prior to Higgs particle discovery!)
- Excerpt 1 (6 mins.) Find out why the Higgs is often called “The God Particle”, and what a “Field” is.
- Excerpt 2 (7 mins.) Find out why you do care about the Higgs field, and how to make and detect Z particles.
- Excerpt 3 (8 mins.) Learn how to find the Higgs particle!
- Q&A excerpts (10 mins.) An assortment of excellent questions and sometimes good answers.
Beyond the Hype: The Weird World of String Theory (Science on Tap, Seattle, WA, September 25, 2006). Though a bit old, this talk is still topical; it covers the history, development, context and impact of string theory from its earliest beginnings to the (then) present. Be forewarned: although the audio is pretty good, this was an amateur video taken by one of the organizers of the talk, and because the place was small and totally packed with people, it’s not great quality… but good enough to follow, I think, which is why I’ve posted it.
- Part 1 (10 mins.): String theory’s beginnings in hadron physics and the early attempts to use it as a theory of quantum gravity.
- Part 2 (10 mins.): String theory was shown to be a mathematically consistent candidate for a theory of all of quantum gravity and particle physics, and became a really popular idea.
- Part 3 (9 mins.): How string theory evolved through the major technical and conceptual advances of the 1990s.