The asymmetric Universe
Royal Society Michael Faraday prize lecture by Professor Frank Close OBE
Modern scientific theory describes a perfectly symmetrical Universe. A Universe in which matter is destroyed within an instant of its appearance and where nothing we now know could ever have happened. Human life itself seems to be lopsided, as the spherical embryo is transformed into a highly structured being with its internal organs mirrored asymmetrically. This talk explores the profound role of asymmetry in nature, and the role of its agent - the Higgs Boson - in creating a Universe fit for life.