In association with Ursinus College’s Center for Science and the Common Good, theoretical physicist Matt Strassler will present a lecture titled “The Quest for the Higgs Boson and Why It Matters” on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Musser Auditorium in Pfahler Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Note: this lecture was originally scheduled for October but was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.
Strassler, who is currently a professor at Rutgers University and has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington and Harvard University, believes “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.” His web site, www.profmattstrassler.com, aims to serve the public, including those with no background knowledge of physics and also those who keep track of the latest in particle physics news.
Strassler, who has also worked at the Institute of Advanced Study, has written more than 75 papers on string theory and on particle physics. He attended Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College, Princeton University, and Stanford University, where he earned a Ph.D.
The Center for Science and the Common Good provides opportunities for all Ursinus students to consider the impact of science on the common good and to learn to better communicate scientific research to the public. It is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.