In Search of Nothingness: from Higgs Bosons to Gravitational Waves

Prof. Chris Kolda

Tuesday March 1st 2016 - 7:00 pm

101 Jordan Hall of Science

Philosophers and physicists have long struggled with the question of what meaning to ascribe to the concept of “nothingness”. In physics, the vacuum of spacetime is as close as we get to nothingness, yet the vacuum is a dynamic and exciting arena in which the laws of nature unfold in surprising ways. In this talk I will discuss what we know, and don’t know, about empty space, including the special roles played by Higgs bosons and gravitational waves in helping us probe this mysterious nothingness.


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