Today’s monthly gathering is the 1st time in 2016 that SAYES organizes out of Science Centre. It is an eye-opening experience for me as I have the rare opportunity to visit such an exhibition
Atomic energy is the source of power for both nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. This energy comes from the splitting (fission) or joining (fusion) of atoms. To understand the source of energy, one must 1st understand the atom-the smallest particle of an element.
Isotopes are atoms that have the same no. of protons but different no. of neutrons. Protium, deuterium and tritium are examples as they have 1 proton each but have different atomic mass.
Inside the Collier exhibition, we learn about the history of Particle Physics. We also get to view the objects that are on display, which are used in CERN. Examples will be particle detectors that help collect data and bicycle scientists that use to travel around the LHC.
Through video projection, we have a better understanding of how particles collide in the LHC. The most important discovery made by the LHC-the Higgs Boson is also part of the exhibition. It is represented through an interactive art installation, called the Gift of Mass, which attempts to show how mass is acquired when particles interact with the Higgs Boson field.
We witnessed the process of how our body mass is acquired as it is projected on large screens. Overall, the SAYES members enjoyed themselves there and are treated to Subway lunch later.