Particle Physics

Particle Physics is the most fundamental natural science, trying to answer what are the most elementary building substances of everything around us and how do they come to exist. Today’s understanding of particle physics has been achieved thanks to incredibly convoluted mathematical theories developed for decades (and experimental endeavours costing trillions of euros) – DESPITE THAT, a lot of the basic concepts and principle can be explained in layman’s terms, to people of all backgrounds, just over coffee. Or in this fun yet wholesomely educative, eye-opening, and highly rated course at Discover.

In this course, requiring NO previous knowledge of mathematics/physics/computing skills, YOU will find out the answers to:
— What is inside atomic nuclei and inside protons?
— What is antimatter?
— What is CERN and how do they look for new particles in petabytes of data?
— What is a particle accelerator and a particle detector?
— What does a typical data analysis of a particle physicist look like? (hands-on excercise!)
— How can we use particle physics to make the best cancer treatment available on the market?

We welcome everyone! It doesn’t matter how much physics you already know, the only important thing here is that you’re curious about how the world around us works!

Oliver Matonoha

Oliver is a born and raised Praguer who now lives in cold dark Sweden pursuing a PhD in Particle Physics. He can also be found on and off in Geneva, working at CERN, from where he gets the measurements for his research. His main scientific interest is studying what exactly do the insides of protons behave like and he investigates this by having them collide, about a billion times, almost at the speed of light. Sometimes he also studies mini-recreations of The Big Bang in collisions of very massive atomic nuclei. Furthermore, Oliver enjoys following trends in data science and machine learning, and their novel uses in his field. Oliver’s research is keeping him pretty busy, often sending him literally all around the planet, which he thoroughly enjoys. In his spare time, he loves listening to electronic music, skiing, contemporary art, poetry, his monstera plants, and – staying true to his roots – drinking good beer. He will co-coordinate the international session and teach a course on Particle Physics.

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