Behind the big scientific discoveries are technological marvels – CERN as an example

Public Lecture:

Behind the big scientific discoveries are technological marvels

CERN as an example

Since the beginning of the modern era in physics the tools for the discoveries have been the indispensable companion of science. From Galileo' s telescope to the today' s accelerators and enormous detectors or astronomical observatories etc the philosophy is the same: better tools more insight. To some extent the needs of the experimental physicists and other scientists are driving the technological advances. Many time though the scientific results are overshadowing the technological feats that, regardless of gathered results, do influence our everyday life. Suffices to mention the internet that provoked a social revolution without comparison. I will try to evoke the complexity of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva Switzerland as an example. Collaborating with this institution has become a prime source of training for young people around the world.


About the speaker

Prof. Guy Paic

Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, Mexico City

Prof.  Guy Paic has over 30 years of research experience at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. He was one of the founding fathers of the ALICE Experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and is interested in extreme states of matter, like the Quark-Gluon Plasma, and the technology behind this research. Since 2003, he is a professor in Mexico, where he created a vibrant research environment to foster the collaboration with CERN.


Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 18:00

RW James Building, Lecture Theatre LT4A
University of Cape Town, Department of Physics

Contact Information: 

Thomas Dietel
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