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More About the Massey Lectures Contest

Perimeter Institute gave away a galaxy of prizes to celebrate the 2012 Massey Lectures with Perimeter Director Neil Turok. Find out more below.

WHAT ARE THE CBC MASSEY LECTURES?

The CBC Massey Lectures are an annual series of lectures given by distinguished scholars on important subjects of contemporary interest. The 2012 lectures, The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos, will be given by Dr. Neil Turok, Director of Perimeter Institute. This year’s lectures are brought to you by a partnership between CBC Radio’s IDEAS, House of Anansi Press, Massey College, and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Explore the Massey Lectures.

WHAT WERE THE PRIZES?

From October to November 2012, Perimeter Institute gave away a series of prizes. Each week, entrants won copies of Neil Turok’s The Universe Within and tickets to see the Massey Lecturs live in five major cities across Canada.

One grand prize winner won a free six-day trip to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. They'll meet Neil Turok – Perimeter Director and 2012 CBC Massey Lecturer – and tour the largest centre for foundational physics research, training and educational outreach. Next, you’ll fly to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. This winner will also wander through the largest science experiment of all time, and the epicentre for the recent Higgs boson discovery. This trip includes airfare from anywhere in Canada or the continental United States, ground transportation, accommodation, and meals.

HOW LONG DID THE CONTEST RUN FOR?

The 2012 CBC Massey Lectures contest ran from October 1 – November 15, 2012. 

WHAT IS PERIMETER INSTITUTE FOR THEORETICAL PHYSICS?

Perimeter Institute is a major centre for scientific research, training, and education outreach in theoretical physics located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Researchers gather in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to forge new, mind-bending ideas about the ultimate nature of our universe, from space and time to matter and information. Perimeter also trains the next generation of physicists through innovative programs, and shares the excitement and wonder of science with students, teachers and the general public. Learn more about Perimeter Institute.

WHAT IS THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER (LHC) AND CERN?

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It forms a tunnel, 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, and as deep as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1998 to 2008, to help answer some of the fundamental questions in physics, relating to: the basic laws governing the interactions and forces among the elementary objects, the deep structure of space and time, and in particular the interrelation between quantum mechanics and general relativity, where current theories and knowledge are unclear or break down altogether. Learn more about the LHC and CERN.