Frontiers Lecture: Neutrino Hunters with Ray Jayawardhana
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For more than 80 years, scientists around the world have been searching for neutrinos—tiny but elusive subatomic particles with zero electric charge. These particles may hold the secrets to the nature of anti-matter and tell us what the universe was like just seconds after the Big Bang – if we can find them. Trillions of these ghostly particles pass through our bodies every second, but they are so pathologically “shy” that neutrino hunters have to use Olympic-size pools deep underground and a gigantic cube of Antarctic ice to catch just a few.
In this Frontiers Lecture, renowned astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana takes us on a thrilling journey into the world of neutrinos and the colorful lives of those who chase them, as discussed in his new book “Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Case for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.”
This lecture took place at the Museum on December 9, 2013.
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