The Large Hadron Collider, the worlds largest and most powerful particle accelerator, will begin operation this year in a quest to answer some of the most intriguing questions in physics. One of its missions will be to search for the Higgs boson, which Steven Weinberg predicted in a paper in 1967—nearly half a century ago. An even more exciting possibility is that the collider will reveal something about the nature of the mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the universe. Finally, the LHC may shed light on the theory of supersymmetry. Weinberg will give us a heads-up on what to watch for in the coming months.
Steven Weinberg, Ph.D. - Regental professor of physics and director, theory research group - University of Texas at Austin
Steven Weinberg holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas, where he is a member of the physics and astronomy departments. He is the author of more than 300 articles on elementary particle physics, and his research has been honored with many awards, including in 1979 the Nobel Prize in Physics and in 1991 the National Medal of Science. His books include, for popular readers, The First Three Minutes (1977); Dreams of a Final Theory -- The Search for the Fundamental Laws of Nature (1993) and Facing Up: Science and its Cultural Adversaries (2001). His most recent professional book is Cosmology (2008).