The second lecture in Bassano February 12, 2008Posted by dorigo in personal, physics.
Two weeks ago I visited a high school in Bassano del Grappa, Liceo Brocchi, to give a lecture in the context of the Masterclasses 2008. The lecture discussed the history of 20th century nuclear and subnuclear physics, and I covered some of the main issues up to the November revolution of 1974, when the charm quark was discovered and quarks were recognized as physical entities.
Today I gave the second part of the lecture. Two more hours spent discussing the discoveries that led to the verification of the Standard Model, and the hunt for the Higgs boson. I was surprised by the attention and interest of the students, who did their best to understand my garbled babble and messy scribblings on the blackboard. Definitely an afternoon well spent, considering that among these youngsters are probably hiding one or two successful particle physicists of tomorrow. The slides (in Italian, sorry – although I think a good part of them are plots, pictures and charts) can be downloaded from this link. Let me translate only the last one here: