Freya Blekman is an experimental particle physicist and lead scientist at DESY, Germany’s largest accelerator centre. With a professorship elementary particle physics at the University of Hamburg, she works on the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, where she is also the lead physics communications officer. Her research interests include the search for signs of new physics, trying to experimentally answer questions like: how did the universe evolve? What are the smallest constituents of matter and are they really the smallest? What is the nature of space and time? What, really, is mass?
In this episode: What is the role of imagination in modelling? What is the difference between the role of imagination and the role of wonderment in physics?