North Central College in the News
North Central College physics professor featured on MSN.com and NCTV 17
Apr 29, 2021
Paul Bloom plays a role in Fermilab experiment that could change what we know about the universe
North Central College’s Paul Bloom, associate professor of physics, was one of 200 physicists whose work contributed to Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment, the results from which could be a game changer in particle physics, experts say. Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy facility located in Batavia, announced the long-awaited results from the experiment: the discovery of the subatomic particle muon, a more unstable and heavier cousin of the electron.
Bloom interviewed with Naperville Community Television (NCTV 17), where he discussed his connection and the work he conducted on the experiment since 2017. He had previously interviewed with Naperville Sun discussing the Fermilab experiment, which was picked up by the MSN.com.
“There’s a reason that humans do science and it’s the same reason that we look at the sky, it’s the same reason that we create art and literature,” said Bloom. “Because in the end, what we’re doing is we’re exploring the universe and we’re exploring ourselves. We’re trying to figure out what does it mean to be ‘us’? What does it mean to be human? What is the universe? Who are we? And to answer these questions, we need to know as much as we can.”