Free Stanford Course Explains Particle Physics & the Large Hadron Collider

There’s big news com­ing out of Europe today. After 16 years and $10 bil­lion, the Large Hadron Col­lid­er (LHC) is final­ly begin­ning to col­lide sub­atom­ic par­ti­cles. If you’re won­der­ing what this all means, let me turn your atten­tion to a year­long course that we’re offer­ing in Stan­ford’s Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies pro­gram (my day job). New Rev­o­lu­tions in Par­ti­cle Physics is taught by Leonard Susskind, one of the world lead­ing physi­cists, and it takes a deep look at new the­o­ries in par­ti­cle physics that emerged dur­ing the 1970s, and how they’re now being test­ed by the LHC. The first course overviews the basic con­cepts, and you can watch it on YouTube or iTunes. (The first lec­ture appears above.) The sec­ond course will be soon made avail­able online. The third course is just get­ting under­way in the class­room (you can enroll here if you live near Stan­ford), and we’ll even­tu­al­ly post that course online as well. You can find more physics cours­es in the Physics sec­tion of our large col­lec­tion of Free Online Cours­es.

UPDATE: As Maria, aka @brainpicker notes in the com­ments, CERN (which runs the LHC) hosts an archive of lec­tures, movies and col­li­sion videos, includ­ing some of this morning’s suc­cess­ful tests. More here.

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