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HOU KEONG LOU, Graduate student/researcher in particle physics

Major: Physics

College/Employer: Princeton

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a fifth year graduate student in theoretical particle physics at Princeton. I obtained my BS degree in physics from Rutgers in 2010. I am passionate about science and improving public understandings of what scientists do.

Past Classes

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S287: Why does our big universe exist at all? in Splash Spring 15 (Apr. 25, 2015)
Einstein famously said, "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible". Modern physics has had huge successes describing nature big and small. Yet when physicists use the same equations to predict the size of the universe, our answers are off by a million billion. This seemingly paradoxical "Hierarchy Problem" seems to indicate that we should not expect any interesting things (including humans) to exist at all! In this lecture, we will go over this "Hierarchy Problems" in theoretical physics: how it arises from Quantum Mechanics and its relations to the famous Higgs's Boson. We will also address proposed theoretical solutions, including Supersymmetry, the Multiverse, and what the Large Hadron Collider might tell us about nature. The lecture will be at the layperson level with technical details kept at a minimum.