What's the matter? A show on elementary particle physics
Through an impossible trip, the show's protagonists travel to Manchester in the year 1911 to attend the famous atomic nucleus experiment by Rutherford and Geiger. A time-space jump takes you to the University of California, Berkeley so that E. Lawrence can show you how particle accelerators work. Your adventure to understand what matter is made of culminates at the CERN, Geneva, where you will be able to see –live– how the Higgs boson is produced and breaks apart.
Public displays of physics experiments have a long history. The show What’s the matter? has been inspired by some of the most famous performances: such as that of Otto von Guericke, who in 1654 did his famous Magdeburg hemisphere demonstration, or that of Michael Faraday, one of the precursors of this way of presenting physics to the general public. His lectures included experiments which had been carefully selected to illustrate the principles he was talking about and to surprise those in attendance. The success was such that even today the most prestigious scientists are still invited to the “Christmas Lectures.”
The demonstrations will be in English WITHOUT SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION.
Free Admission - Limited Capacity
September 19, 2017- 7:30 PM
Santiago Grisolía Auditorium. Museu de les Ciències