It’s an exciting time for science. Researchers hurtle protons around a 17-mile tube of super-conducting magnets buried beneath the Franco-Swiss border, in search of the Higgs boson. Meanwhile, millions of miles away, NASA operates a rover on Mars, producing stunning images of the Martian surface. These achievements provide provocative clues to the mysteries of our universe – and raise many new questions. Sean Carroll, a senior research associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology, talks about these events, as well as his atheism and the possible origins of our universe. His exciting new book, The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World, will be available Nov. 13. Carroll’s previous book is From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time.
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