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Big Bang Day : The Great Big Particle Adventure - 1. Atom

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Titel Big Bang Day : The Great Big Particle Adventure - 1. Atom
Herausgeber European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Erscheinungsjahr 2009
Sprache Englisch

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Fachgebiet Physik
Abstract In this series, comedian and physicist Ben Miller asks the CERN scientists what they hope to find. The notion of atoms dates back to Greek philosophers who sought a natural mechanical explanation of the Universe, as opposed to a divine one. The existence what we call chemical atoms, the constituents of all we see around us, wasn't proved until a hundred years ago, but almost simultaneously it was realised these weren't the indivisible constituents the Greeks envisaged. Much of the story of physics since then has been the ever-deeper probing of matter until, at the end of the 20th century, a complete list of fundamental ingredients had been identified, apart from one, the much discussed Higgs particle. In this programme, Ben finds out why this last particle is so pivotal, not just to atomic theory, but to our very existence - and how hopeful the scientists are of proving its existence.

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