Stampede of the Wild Gluons

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To a first approximation, everything that happens at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is a strong interaction process. If signals of supersymmetric particles or other new states are found at the LHC, the events that produce those signals will represent parts per trillion of the total sample of proton-proton scattering events and parts per billion of the sample of events with hard scattering of quarks and gluons. Can we predict the rates of QCD processes well enough to control their contribution to a tantalizing signal? What physics insights can assist this process? Can string theory help? In this lecture, I will describe the current status of Quantum Chromodynamics and its application to the predictions for hadron colliders. Note: Those who would like more background on the LHC should attend my talk at the Physics Department Colloquium of the University of Waterloo, Thursday, Jan. 13, at 4:00 pm: The Search for New Elementary Particles at the CERN Large Hadron Collider