Steven Weinberg on the LHC, the Higgs boson, dark matter and supersymmetry

Physicists hope that CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, will help answer some of the most intriguing and pressing questions in physics. Steven Weinberg shared the 1979 the Nobel Prize for physics with Sheldon Glashow and Abdus Salam ‘for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including inter alla the prediction of the weak neutral current’.

L to R: Sheldon Glashow, Abdus Salam and Steven Weinberg receiving the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics

In this lecture Weinberg discusses the standard model of particle physics – to which he made major contributions – the Higgs boson, the nature of dark matter and the theory of supersymmetry.

Dangerous Knowledge

A BBC documentary about the lives and work of Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing.One went insane, another starved himself to death and two committed suicide. Find out why.

From top left: Cantor, Boltzmann, Turing and Godel

Brian Greene: The Universe on a String

Brian Greene

A wonderfully engaging TED talk on superstring theory by the physicist Brian Greene. If you haven’t already, its a must see. Greene’s a class act.