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What’s the smallest thing in the universe? - Jonathan Butterworth


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If you were to take a coffee cup, and break it in half, then in half again, and keep carrying on, where would you end up? Could you keep on going forever? Or would you eventually find a set of indivisible building blocks out of which everything is made? Jonathan Butterworth explains the Standard Model theory and how it helps us understand the world we live in.

Additional Resources for you to Explore

For more information, check out these resources:
-The ATLAS Experiment
-CERN education programs
-Atom Land: A Guided Tour Through the Strange (and Impossibly Small) World of Particle Physics
-Life and Physics blog

For more info on the educator, Jonathan Butterworth, check out his website here

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Jonathan Butterworth
  • Director Nick Hilditch
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Nick Hilditch
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-Checker Brian Gutierrez

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