Worldwide lectures reveal the physics of Angels & Demons
The particle physics community is taking a walk down the red carpet, and invites everyone to join in.
On May 15, Sony Pictures Entertainment will release Angels & Demons, a major motion picture based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel. Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, the film focuses on an apparent plot to destroy the Vatican using antimatter made at the Large Hadron Collider and stolen from the European particle physics laboratory CERN.
From Colombia to Columbia University, and from Toronto to Turkey, physicists worldwide are using this opportunity to tell the world about the real science of antimatter, the Large Hadron Collider and the excitement of particle physics research.
Across the United States and Canada, scientists from dozens of colleges, universities and national laboratories will host public lectures in more than 20 states and provinces as part of the “Angels & Demons Lecture Nights: The Science Revealed” event. Lectures will take place on campuses, in bookstores, Science Cafes, and in science centers and museums. More information about the series, including a list of lectures and local contacts, is available at www.uslhc.us/Angels_Demons.
Worldwide, scientists working on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider will host lectures and other Angels & Demons-related events for press and the public. Lectures are planned at particle physics institutions across Europe, Asia, Central and South America.
At CERN, the home base of the LHC in Geneva, Switzerland, events will be held on the evenings of May 15-16 for up to 400 local visitors. The CMS, ALICE and LHCb experiments will provide tours of their detectors and present lectures about particle physics and the film. For more information on the LHC, visit CERN’s Web site at www.cern.ch.