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Secret Science Club: Part(icles) Unknown, with Superstar Astrophysicist and Author Ray Jayawardhana
Dec 10, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm| Free
Prepare to explore part(icle)s unknown . . .
Neutrinos are everywhere—passing untouched through space, the Earth, and even our bodies. Detecting them is another thing entirely—neutrinos are notoriously elusive. Yet the quest to capture them is on. Neutrinos may hold the secrets to why antimatter is so rare, how stars explode as supernovae, what the Universe was like just seconds after the Big Bang, and even the inner workings of our own planet.
Drawing on his new book, Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana discusses endeavors to observe neutrinos, from deep underground laboratories to Antarctica’s “IceCube,” the largest neutrino detector in the world.
Professor of astronomy and Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, Ray Jayawardhana is the co-author of over 100 scientific papers. His writing has appeared in the Economist, New York Times, and Scientific American, and his previous book Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life Beyond Our Solar System was the basis for the television documentary, The Planet Hunters.
Before & After
–Groove to subatomic tunes and try our quantum cocktail . . .
–Hot off the presses! Snag a signed copy of Dr. Jayawardhana’s just-released new book, Neutrino Hunters
–Don’t miss the out-of-this-world Q&A