January 9, 2012

Cafe and Kosmos

If you're in Munich this week, don't miss the latest Cafe & Kosmos gathering: "Particle Accelerators: In Search of New Physics." Professor Jochen Schieck will talk about the next phase of the LHC as well as the new Super KEKB accelerator in Japan, which will start up in 2014 and promises an increase in measurement precision, which might make all the difference if the LHC is able to narrow down the Higgs mass but not pinpoint it exactly. Admission is free; discussion is in German.

Also, some relevant supplementary reading: "Quantenfische – Die Stringtheorie und die Suche nach der Weltformel" (Quantum Fish – The String Theory and the Search for the Theory of Everything) by Dieter Lüst, director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics, introduces the string multiverse theory and some other cool stuff. Also, read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami if you're jonesing for some seriously far-out fiction, and not without a TOE of its own.

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