The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World 1/18

Harvard Science Book Talk: Suzie Sheehy, in conversation with Gregory Kestin, "The Matter of Everything: How Curiosity, Physics, and Improbable Experiments Changed the World". Wharton Club members & guests are invited!

Date: Wednesday , January 18, 2023, 6:00pm

  • Physics has always been engaged in the pursuit of expanding our knowledge of the nature of matter and the world around us. But how can you use experiments to further this quest? How do you measure the mass of a particle a trillion times smaller than a grain of sand? How do you capture the movement of particles that have traveled billions of miles through deep space into our atmosphere? And, finally, why is all this important?
  • In The Matter of Everything, accelerator physicist Suzie Sheehy introduces us to the people who, through a combination of genius, persistence and luck, staged the experiments that changed the course of history. From the serendipitous discovery of X-rays in a German laboratory, to the scientists trying to prove Einstein wrong (and inadvertently proving him right), to the race to split open the atom, these experiments not only shaped our understanding of the cosmos, but also shaped how we live within it. These breakthroughs have helped us build detectors that map the insides of volcanoes, develop life-saving medical equipment and create electronic devices used in everything from fiber-optic cables to solar panels—among countless other advancements.
  • Along the way, Sheehy pulls back the curtain to reveal how physics is really done—not only by theorists with blackboards, but by experimentalists with brilliant designs. Celebrating human ingenuity, creativity and above all curiosity, The Matter of Everything is an inspiring story of discovery, and a powerful reminder that progress is a function of our desire to know.


  • Dr. Suzie Sheehy is a physicist, science communicator and academic who divides her time between research groups at the University of Oxford and University of Melbourne. She is currently focused on developing new particle accelerators for applications in medicine. The Matter of Everything is her first book.
  • Greg Kestin earned his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University as a member of The Center for the Fundamental Laws of Nature, focusing on theoretical particle physics and quantum field theory. He then joined the faculty of Harvard’s Physics Department as a College Fellow and Preceptor and is currently Associate Director of Science Education and Lecturer on Physics. He also worked at NOVA | PBS for nearly a decade, creating award-winning media, from documentaries to his original video series, What the Physics?!

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Where On Zoom:
When January 18, 2023 @6:00PM
Organization/Sponsor Harvard Division of Science, Harvard Library, and Harvard Book Store
Speaker(s) Suzie Sheehy (U Melbourne and Oxford)
Gregory Kestin (Harvard)
Cost free
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