Unveiling the Marvels of Physics and Bridging Worlds at Liverpool Cathedral
In the heart of Liverpool, where history meets innovation, Liverpool University is gearing up for a spectacular showcase of knowledge, curiosity, and dialogue on Tuesday 5th March. Two extraordinary events are set to happen in our iconic Cathedral, making it a great day for science enthusiasts and seekers of profound conversations.
Physics Masterclass Day: Unleashing the Power of Particle Physics and Accelerators
Picture this: Liverpool Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals globally, echoing with the excitement of minds eager to explore the cutting-edge realms of physics. Liverpool University, in collaboration with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), is taking its Particle Physics and Accelerators Masterclass on the road, and this year, the road leads straight to our impressive Liverpool Cathedral.
This event, a world-first endeavour, brings together the STFC, Liverpool University Physics Department, and Liverpool Cathedral to weave the wonders of physics with the grandeur of this architectural marvel. The Cathedral, celebrating its centenary since its consecration in 1924, stands as a symbol of encounter—a place where worship, education, and now, the pursuit of scientific knowledge, connect.
The Physics Masterclass promises a day filled with exploration for local sixth formers, featuring presentations by experts like Prof Fred Loebinger on “Quarks, Gluons and the Higgs Boson” and an online tour of the Boulby Underground Laboratory. Attendees will delve into activities such as a virtual tour of the CLARA particle accelerator and an exploration of radiotherapy using the VERT system. The day is designed not just to inform but to inspire, fostering a passion for physics and its applications in our modern world.
As if that weren’t enough, the conversation extends beyond the realms of physics to encompass the intersections of science, philosophy, and faith. Liverpool Cathedral will host “Beyond Boundaries: A Dialogue on Science and Faith,” open to all and bringing together accelerator physicists, particle physicists, and theologians for a captivating panel discussion.
The distinguished panel, including Revd Canon Dr Mike Kirby, Fr. Andrew Pinsent, Prof John Ellis, Prof Elaine Howard Ecklund, Prof Andy Beavis, Dr Alex Bainbridge, and Dr Kate Shaw, will be guided by the experienced hand of Prof Carsten P. Welsch. This event seeks to bridge worlds, fostering an open dialogue on the common ground between science and faith. It’s an opportunity to explore the nuances of compatibility and coexistence, inviting attendees to engage with leading minds and gain insights into perspectives that often seem worlds apart.
Both events promise not just knowledge but an experience—a journey into the wonders of physics and a bridge-building dialogue that transcends boundaries. Liverpool Cathedral, already a beacon of encounter, is set to become a hub of intellectual and spiritual exploration, inviting all curious minds to join in the festivities of learning, discovery, and dialogue.
Don’t miss the chance to be part of this groundbreaking day —where science meets faith, and the marvels of the universe unfold within the embrace of Liverpool Cathedral. Welcome to a day of learning, exploration, and beyond!