Live from the Perimeter Institute

Tonight at 7 p.m. ET: Kate Lunau in conversation with exceptional young physicists

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From the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson particle, to the recently announced detection of gravitational waves—earliest echoes of the Big Bang—the past years and decades have seen major discoveries in physics, which have overhauled our understanding of the universe. The speed of technology has continued apace: it’s often noted that the Apollo 11 mission, which took us to the moon, had less computing power than the average smartphone in your pocket. If the technology at our fingertips, and even our picture of the universe, would be virtually unrecognizable to people just 40 years ago, imagine what the next 40 will bring.

On April 2, at the world-renowned Perimeter Institute in Waterloo Ont., I’ll be moderating a panel of four exceptional young physicists at the start of their careers. With me will be Jacob Barnett, who, at 15, is Perimeter’s youngest-ever scientist (and the subject of an excellent profile by my colleague, Paul Wells); Lauren Hayward, a Winnipeg native and computational physics whiz whose recent work on superconductors could have profound implications; Andres Felipe Schlief Carvajal, a student from Bogotá, Colombia, whose interest in physics was sparked after witnessing a lightning storm; and Nima Doroud, an Iranian PhD student investigating gauge theory, describing particle interactions.

We’ll talk about the challenges and advantages of being a young physicist; how these four spend an average day at Perimeter; what they hope to accomplish, and what they believe the next big discoveries will be.

For those who can’t join us in Waterloo, the event will be webcast live here at, and on the Perimeter site, starting at 7 p.m. We’ll be live-tweeting at #PILive, and taking questions over Twitter. Please join me as I talk with these four young physicists about the future of their field—a future they’re sure to help shape, over years to come.

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