For the past 59 years, the European Organization for Nuclear Research — better known as CERN — has been a nucleus of innovation, bringing us both the World Wide Web in 1983 and last year’s discovery of what appears to be the Higgs boson. Today, CERN will host its first TEDx event, with speakers ranging from Nobel Prize laureate astrophysicist George Smoot to Britney Wegner, the 18-year-old winner of the Google Science Fair. The event will feature thinkers working hard to understand our universe, showing how physics intersects with, well, almost any discipline of thought out there.
TEDxCERN will not be a closed door event. More than 25 universities, laboratories and organizations around the world will be tuning in. In fact, anyone anywhere in the world with a curiosity about how and why the universe exists is welcome to watch through a free webcast.
Below, some TED Talks to get you hyped for the event:
- Brian Cox: CERN’s supercollider
- Tom Whyntie: The beginning of the universe, for beginners
- Garrett Lisi: An 8-dimensional model of the universe
- Brian Greene: Making sense of string theory
- Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers
Still not sure if you want to watch? Read 6 reasons to tune in »