WHAT: The Debate about Dark Matter: Is the Matter Settled?
The observable universe is made of stars and galaxies and gas. However, it is commonly held in the astronomy community that our universe is also made of an invisible substance called dark matter that is five times more common than ordinary matter. However, dark matter has never been observed, and the evidence for its existence is still circumstantial. In this talk, physicist Don Lincoln will give insights into the debate within the scientific community. You will learn about the historical debate, the reasons dark matter is a currently favored theory, and an appreciation for why researchers continue to look into the question.
WHO: Don Lincoln, Ph.D.
Don Lincoln is a Senior Scientist at Fermilab, America’s leading particle physics laboratory. His was a member of the teams that discovered the top quark in 1995 and the Higgs boson in 2012.
Lincoln is also an avid popularizer of science. He has written several books for the public, most recently The Large Hadron Collider. He also writes for many online venues, like CNN, Scientific American, and many others. He appears frequently on the Fermilab YouTube channel and he has made several video courses available through The Great Courses company.
He is a recipient of the 2013 Outreach Prize from the European Physical Society and the 2017 Gemant Award from the American Institute of Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
WHEN: 7:30PM Thursday 12 November
WHERE: Online. Click HERE
HOW: This event is presented FREE by the Bay Area Skeptics.
WHY: Because we’re curious creatures.