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The Neutrinos

A Kahn Lecture by Theoretical Physicist Boris Kayser

Thursday, March 2, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Boris Kayser

Neutrinos are everywhere. They are tiny particles of matter, like the ones of which we and all the everyday objects around us are made, but a billion times more abundant. They are very hard to detect or study, but in the last few decades a lot has been learned about them.

This lecture will introduce the neutrinos and describe their nature and exotic behavior. Kayser, a pre-eminent neutrino physicist, will also discuss the part neutrinos play in the universe, and what we may be able to learn about them through experimentation that probes questions such as whether neutrinos can explain why the universe contains something instead of nothing.

Finally, Kayser will illustrate the dynamics of the making of science, including the crucial role of interactions among people, the interplay between theory and experiment, the international character of "big science," and the often unexpected path of progress.

"If there were no neutrinos, the sun and stars would not shine," Kayser has said. "There would be no energy from the sun to keep us warm, no atoms more complicated than hydrogen, no carbon, no oxygen, no water, no us."

All are invited. In conjunction with the yearlong project Modes and Models of Making.

Wednesday, March 8, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Bebe Miller Lecture2

In her second Neilson Professor Lecture, titled "Body as Archive: Regarding the Persistent Essential Friction of Gesture, Attention and Memory," Bebe Miller, Professor of Dance at Ohio State University and founder of the Bebe Miller Company, will focus attention on human capacity for embodied reference and recall, and the choreographic potential in these dynamic vectors of perception.

All welcome; refreshments served.