Nigel Lockyer to talk sticks, stones and physics – Friday

Nigel Lockyer

Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer isn’t just a particle physics expert, he’s a Benjamin Franklin aficionado.

On Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m., Lockyer will give a lecture titled “Sticks and Stones, Particles and Batteries: Ben Franklin Would Be Pleased.”

Benjamin Franklin, ever inquisitive about how nature worked and how it affects us, would enjoy the science of particle physics of today and would be in wonder about how we got this far so fast. The rapid evolution of particle physics over the last century, from the discovery of the electron to the recent observation of the Higgs boson, has been matched by advances in technology and improvements in our standard of living.

Lockyer will discuss this perpetual progress as it relates to particles, their applications as tools and the role of energy.

Tickets to the lecture are $7. The talk takes place in Ramsey Auditorium.