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Astronomy Ireland Lecture

Discovering the Higgs Boson:
What it is and what it means

By Dr Cormac O'Raifeartaigh
Monday 8 October at 8:00pm (provisional)
Trinity College, Dublin

  Book Tickets HERE Order DVD HERE  


Hear our magazine editor David Moore give a unique explanation of the Higgs Boson discovery to leading Dublin radio station 98FM HERE!




About the Lecture

In July of this year a team of scientists at CERN - led by Professor Rold Heuer who gave Astronomy Ireland's Public Lecture the same month - announced the discovery of a new particle, which was widely believed to be the long-sought Higgs Boson.

In light of the immense public interest in the Higgs Boson in Ireland at that time, our September Public Lecture will be delivered by Dr Cormac O'Raifeartaigh who will explain what the Large Hadron Collider is, how the Higgs Boson was discovered, and what it means for our understanding of the Universe.

With the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, particle physics entered a new era. The LHC will provide a deeper understanding of the universe and the insights gained could change our view of the world. The LHC is expected to yield insights into the nature of dark matter and the existence of hidden extra dimensions.

About the Lecturer

Dr Cormac O'Raifeartaigh teaches physics at the Waterford Institute Technology. He is a well-known science speaker in Ireland, and runs a blog called Antimatter. Dr O'Raifeartaigh is the son of the late world-renowned physicist Lochlainn O'Raifeartaigh who contributed greatly to particle physics and symmetry.

He has given many extremely popular talks and has a gift for communicating very complex ideas to an everyday audience. Some of Dr O'Raifeartaigh's past talks are available on DVD here, and we had him interviewed on Irish radio stations; search for his name in audio archive here. We believe Dr O'Raifeartaigh is a brilliant public speaker and an ideal choice to deliver this special public lecture celebrating Dublin being the European City of Science in 2012. Please bring family and friends as they will all enjoy it immensely!




After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.
All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.


Booking Information

Date Monday 8th October
Subject to change - please check back later
Time 8:00p.m.

Schrodinger Theatre, Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
Access can be gained via the Westland Row or Lincoln Place entrances.
Click HERE for a building map of Trinity College campus
Click HERE for Directions. Click HERE for Map of area

Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Places MUST be booked in advance
Booking Click HERE to book seats online.
Call (01) 890 1111 to book tickets over the phone using Debit/ Credit Card
Send a cheque/ PO/ Draft, made payable to Astronomy Ireland to PO BOX 2888, Dublin 5.


This lecture is also available to people nationwide on DVD.
To order a copy of the DVD simply:
Order by credit/ debit card online HERE
Call (01) 890 1111
Alternatively post a Cheque or postal order to: September 2012 HIGGS DVD, Astronomy Ireland, PO. Box 2888, Dublin 5.
Cost: DVDís cost Ä7 each (add Ä5 for P&P for any number of DVDs)
  Book Tickets HERE Order DVD HERE  

Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.

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