In-Store Book Talk: Grace In All Simplicity, with Chris Quigg & Robert McNees
How do the remarkable recent discoveries of the Higgs boson, dark matter, and dark energy connect with the equally revolutionary discoveries in centuries past? Chris Quigg, Distinguished Scientist Emeritus at Fermilab and co-author of Grace In All Simplicity: Beauty, Truth and Wonders on the Path to the Higgs Boson and New Laws of Nature, joins us to discuss those questions with Loyola physicist Robert McNees.
Grace in All Simplicity narrates the saga of how we have prospected for some of Nature’s most tightly held secrets, the basic constituents of matter and the fundamental forces that rule them. Our current understanding of the world (and universe) we inhabit is the result of curiosity, diligence, and daring, of abstraction and synthesis, and of an abiding faith in the value of exploration. Join the adventure as scientists ascend mountain tops and descend into caverns deep underground, travel to the coldest places on Earth, and voyage back in time to near the birth of the Universe. Visit today’s great laboratories and the astounding instruments they house. Grace in All Simplicity is a thrilling voyage filled with improbable discoveries and the extraordinary community of people who make them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Quigg is Distinguished Scientist Emeritus at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He graduated in physics at Yale before moving to Berkeley for his doctorate. He is the author of an acclaimed text on gauge theories and critical works on high-energy collisions, quarks, neutrinos, and the Higgs boson. He received the American Physical Society’s Sakurai Prize for theoretical physics and the German Alexander von Humboldt Prize. He rejuvenates himself on annual treks along France’s network of long-distance hiking trails.
ABOUT THE INTERLOCUTOR
Robert McNees is an Associate Professor of Physics at Loyola University Chicago. After completing his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, he held research positions at the University of Michigan, Brown University, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His research interests lie mainly in the area of quantum gravity, and touch on problems in gravitational physics, cosmology, and high energy theory. Dr. McNees is an award-winning teacher and a big believer in just talking to people about real science. If you so much as make eye contact he will assume that you probably want to hear about black holes right now.