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Python at the Large Hadron Collider and CERN

Episode #29, published Tue, Oct 13, 2015, recorded Thu, Sep 24, 2015

The largest machine ever built is the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. It's primary goal was the discovery of the Higgs Boson: the fundamental particle which gives all objects mass. The LHC team of 1000's of physicists achieved that goal in 2012 winning the Nobel Prize in physics. Kyle Cranmer is here to share how Python was at the core of this amazing achievement!

You'll learn about the different experiment including ATLAS and CMS. We talk a bit about the physics involved in the discovery before digging into the software and computer technology used at CERN. The collisions generate a tremendous amount of data and the technology to filter, gather, and understand the data is super interesting.

You'll also learn about Crayfis, the app that turns your phone into a cosmic ray detector. No joke. Kyle is taking citizen science to a whole new level.

Links from the show:

Kyle Cranmer (Twitter): @KyleCranmer
Kyle Cranmer (Wikipedia):
Kyle's Website:
The Standard Model of particle physics :
Crayfis App:
Processing Data at LHC (Video):
Present at the Creation (Book):
Particle Fever (Movie):

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