Big lessons from the infinitely small
- Monod Campus
Amphithéâtre Mérieux, place de l'école, 69007 Lyon
© (c) ENS de Lyon
With Etienne KLEIN, director of research at the CNRS, and the students of the junior lab DéMesures
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is an energy particle accelerator 27 kilometers in circumference, constructed beneath the France-Switzerland border and designed to make very high-energy protons collide. It’s thanks to this gigantic machine that the Higgs boson was identified in July 2012. In March 2015, after a two-year break, the LHC restarted at nearly double the collision energy of its first run. This restart is an opportunity to take stock of the physics of infinitely small things.
Etienne Klein is a physicist and doctor in philosophy of science at the Ecole Centrale in Paris, and director of research at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). He leads the CEA’s Laboratory for Research into the Science of Matter (LARSIM). He is also a member of the Academy of Technology and has taken part in various major scientific projects, in particular the development of laser isotope separation and the study of an accelerator with superconducting cavities. At the CERN, he helped design the LHC. He hosts a weekly radio show on France Culture, “The scientific conversation” (every Saturday at 18:10), and has published several books, notably on the topic of time.
The students of the junior lab DéMesures will offer an artistic programme in connection with Etienne Klein’s conference.
In partnership with Confluence des savoirs.