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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Answered and Unanswered Questions in Particle Physics

Aaron Pierce

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This lecture will be live streamed

In this lecture we will review the basic building blocks of matter as we understand them, as encapsulated in the Standard Model of Particle Physics. The last piece of the Standard Model, the Higgs Boson, was discovered in 2012. However, this Standard Model leaves many fundamental questions unanswered. We will review some of these questions and present a couple of leading candidates for their solution.

Our speaker, Professor Aaron Pierce joined U-M in 2006 and has served as director of the Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics from 2013-2020. He is a recipient of the Henry Russel Award, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and he is a Simons Foundation Fellow.

This is the third of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Advances in Science. The next lecture will be on February 4, 2021. The title is Formation of Habitable Worlds and the Search for Life. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
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  • $35 for the entire 6-lecture series, $10 day pass.

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