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Seth Zenz | Imperial College London | UK

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The Higgs, Particle Physics, and How Science Works

Last week, I was in Arlington, Virginia to give a talk at a cybersecurity research workshop called LASER 2013.  Why did they want to hear a particle physicist speak?  Well, this particular workshop is focused on “properly conducted experimental (cyber) security research,” so they want to hear from people in other fields about how we run experiments, publish the results, and think about science in general.  So I gave a talk, slightly over an hour long, that used the Higgs boson to illustrate the giant experiments we do at the LHC, the social organization required to do them, and their results.  I said a lot of things here that you don’t normally say explicitly as part of a particle physics conference, and I also heard what sort of experiments one can do in cybersecurity research.  We had some very interesting discussions about how experimentation and data analysis really work, and I really appreciate the opportunity I had to participate in the workshop.

You can watch my whole talk here, and I would definitely appreciate your feedback:


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  • Lukas

    I really liked the bit about repetition of experiments vs. standardization of procedures/code. As a point of feedback, maybe you could have focused on this a bit more than on the physics of the higgs-boson? Especially because, as you mentioned, code publication is a hot issue in many fields of science. That implies that it also has its advantages, making it potentially interesting to discuss the different arguments in more detail.

    Either way I really enjoyed your talk.

  • http://www.nwi.net/ Daniel j. blatecky

    From what I have seen of the Higgs field, e.g. referred to as the Higgs Particle, is that this is a display of a key. The process which unlocks the key, is a certain kind of pressure consistency mass, but cannot for the most part occur at this time. The mass on the photons change from the situation that the Higgs Field finds itself in, not so much from the mechanics attributed directly the Higgs._The question must be asked with other near relationships to this known Higgs apparatus is, in say cascades of ranges known and s described by Dr. Wendy L. Freidman of the Carnegie Observatories based in Pasadena California USA, in her discussion of post area of creational episodes, described in the field of astronomy and astrophysics as Post Creational Ghost Veils from past area wide explosions in space, would there be a lighter gauge of a sub-component of the Higgs, that per area would accomplish pretty much the same thing, but only at a limited rate?_ What you’re not getting is that the Higgs might not have the necessary mass, however conditions supply this principle at T._I am a student and need some observing time at a linear accelerator, but can’t afford the trip. If anyone would support finance me for my field practical, I would be most appreciative?_What I know in how the Higgs works as a traded item for observation time? If possible let me know. Thank you, Dan Blatecky

  • http://cdn.ardentlabs.co.uk/taster Endecotts

    Great talk, thanks.