Week Three of our July Series on Science and Religion takes us to the Higgs Boson—the particle recently discovered at CERN. Some of the questions we ponder together: What are the metrics we use to determine the progress we are making in our understanding of the universe? (Is there a “metric” people of faith can use to accurately measure their spiritual progress?)
Our speaker this week is Sarah Demers Konezny. Sarah is an Associate Professor of Physics at Yale University where she has been on the faculty since 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1999 and her PhD at the University of Rochester in 2005 for a thesis relating to the top quark on the CDF experiment at Fermilab. Since 2006 she has been a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, where she uses tau leptons to search for new physics signatures and co-leads one of the Higgs Boson analysis groups.
Sarah will share a physicist’s perspective on the discovery of the Higgs Boson and where particle physics currently sits in the quest to understand the universe. She is with us as part of our ongoing conversation between Science and Religion in July. We are not certain there will be a manuscript available. We do hope to post her message on our web site at umcburlington.com.
Here is a very straight forward description of the Higgs Field and the Higgs Boson: What’s a Higgs Boson?
BBC Documentary: The Hunt for the Higgs