What if we find the Higgs particle? And what if we don't?

Date: April 18, 2012
Location: Rotunda, Low Memorial Library Columbia University Morningside Campus

This World Leaders Forum program asks the question: "What if we find the Higgs particle? And what if we don't?" Columbia physicists and leading science journalists will discuss a potential development that could change our fundamental assumptions about the physical world: the possible experimental verification of the existence of the Higgs boson, a long hypothesized particle thought responsible for endowing other elementary particles with mass.  The panel will include Michael Tuts, Columbia University Professor of Physics and U.S. ATLAS Operations Program Manager at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Geneva; Brian Greene, Columbia University Professor of Physics and Mathematics; Dennis Overbye, The New York Times science reporter covering physics; and Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American.

The discussion will be moderated by Amber Miller, Dean of Science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Columbia University Professor of Physics. A question and answer session with the audience will follow.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Science Initiative.