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Breaking the Wall of the Hidden Universe [electronic resource]: How Particle Physics Can Explain the Nature of Matter

Particle physics doesn't just expand our horizons; it helps explain the universe by examining the nature of matter, both seen and unseen. In this video lecture from the 2009 Falling Walls Conference, hear from Rolf-Dieter Heuer, who works with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He discusses their quest to provide experimental evidence either confirming or refuting the existence of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics, and to break the wall of the hidden universe, the 96 percent of it that takes the form of dark matter and energy. In Heuer's career as a physicist, he has worked on the construction and operation of several large particle detector systems, among them JADE at the German Electron Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany.

Breaking the Wall of the Beginning of Time [electronic resource]: How Cosmology Will Tell Us What Happened Before the Big Bang

What happened at the beginning of the universe? Was the big bang the real origin? Is our universe unique? Are its basic features determined by mathematical laws or historical accidents? What does its future look like? Is it a one-off event or does it evolve through cycles? In this video from the 2011 Falling Walls Conference, hear Jean-Luc Lehners lecture on the relatively new field of string cosmology, which tackles these kinds of seminal questions about our universe. His research team at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is studying and developing cosmological theories, such as inflationary cosmology and the theory of the cyclic universe, within the context of string theory. If successful, this new frame of research will provide a unified description of nature and [...]

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: The New Cosmos and Our Dark Universe

In this edition of Moyers & Company, Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about his upcoming redux of the famous Carl Sagan series, Cosmos, and discusses the value of science as an enterprise and its relation to our place in the universe. He explains the basis for dark matter and dark energy, and how we can know enough to measure the extent of our ignorance.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Science, Religion and the Universe

In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill continues his conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson speculates on the nature of dark energy and dark matter and the philosophical and scientific basis for a multiverse. Tyson and Moyers discuss whether faith and science can be reconciled. Tyson sees faith in retreat as science solves the mysteries it relies on for a "God of the gaps." Moyers is more sympathetic toward belief in a non-material realm.