Questions that go to the heart of life, the universe and everything will be center stage at the Yachats Commons this Saturday, May 4, in a presentation from James Brau, the University of Oregon’s Philip H. Knight Professor of Natural Science.

University of Oregon physicists are participating in an adventure that recreates the conditions of the early universe at the Large Hadron Collider, the largest scientific instrument ever created on Earth, straddling the Swiss-French border. The experiments led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, an elusive particle that scientists believe is key to unlocking the mysteries of the big bang, dark energy and more.

In a presentation titled “Report on a Journey to the Beginning of Time,” Brau will lead the audience on a journey exploring the role of particle physics in revealing the structure of the universe, its behavior and its history.

The presentation, hosted by the Yachats Academy of Arts and Sciences, is intended for a general, lay audience and will be enjoyable and informative for anyone of any age interested in physics and astronomy.

The talk will start at at 6:30 pm at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N.

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