The director of the European Organization for Nuclear Research told HindustanTimes.com that the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider will continue for at least two more decades. Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent science philanthropist who founded the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard and with an educational background in physics, was excited by the news.
Rolf Heuer, the director general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, told HindustanTimes.com that the Large Hadron Collider’s work won’t be finished for at least another two decades.
The standard model of physics describes less than five percent of all matter and energy in the world, leaving the vast majority of it to still be discovered. There’s been much excitement around the Large Hadron Collider the past couple of months after the European Organization for Nuclear Research announced it found a particle similar to the elusive Higgs Boson.
The Higgs Boson is believed to be needed to explain why particles have mass and would help describe how the universe works based on the current theory. Heuer said investigating the properties of the Higgs Boson and looking for new physics – that is, physics that expand upon the standard current model – would be the main areas of focus over the next two decades.
Jeffrey Epstein, who plays an active role in supporting cutting edge physics research across the country and recently held a conference of Nobel laureates to define gravity, offered his full support for the continuation of the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. In addition to supporting physics research, his foundation, The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, established the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University in 2003 which studies evolution through the lens of mathematics and biochemistry.
Heuer, speaking in India, said he hopes to see India obtain an associate membership to the European Organization for Nuclear Research. This would not only bring new opportunities to Indian scientists but also is fitting because of the contributions of SN Bose, an Indian scientist. He said physicists are reminded daily by Bose’s influence due to the naming of Boson, a family of particles.
The Large Hadron Collider will continue to run for a few months before it is shut down for upgrades, which are expected to run into 2014. Heuer said he believes a healthy society is based on science and the findings of experiments that can help societies emerge from economic crises.
Jeffrey Epstein is a money manager and scientific philanthropist. He’s been a trustee of the Institute of International Education since 2001.He is a former member of the New York Academy of Science, Rockefeller University, the Council of Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission. He currently sits on the Board of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard University.