Behind the scenes of the Universe - from the Higgs to Dark Matter

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 28 May

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Universe in palm of someone's hand

    Galaxy held in hands

    Credit: Gianfranco Bertone


Standard £12

Concession £8

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Event description

Our understanding of the Universe is going through a revolution which is far from over. 

An extraordinary discovery in the late 20th century shook the foundations of cosmology and particle physics; the Universe is filled with an unknown, elusive substance that is fundamentally different from anything we have ever seen with our telescopes or measured in our laboratories. It is called dark matter, and it constitutes one of the most pressing challenges of modern science.

There is now a worldwide race to identify the nature of this mysterious form of matter with the LHC at CERN and astroparticle experiments underground and in space aiming to help us understand what makes up a large part of our Universe. Gianfranco Bertone will take us through the far-reaching implications of this discovery, using ideas and concepts from art and literature.

Ben Miller, comedian, actor, director and science writer will be chairing this event.

About the speaker

Gianfranco Bertone works in Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics at the University of Amsterdam. He is the editor of the book 'Particle Dark Matter: Observations, Models and Searches' and the editor-in-chief of the journal 'Physics of the Dark Universe'.

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