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BHSU will host "Angels and Demons" lecture to discuss the physics behind the movie

Dr. Jose Alonso helps assemble the ATLAS Detector in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Alonso, director of the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake, will give a unique personal lecture based on his experiences and knowledge of the science that is a major part of the plot of the movie, “Angels and Demons Lecture Series: the Science Revealed” Thursday, May 14 at Black Hills State University.

Black Hills State University will host an “Angels & Demons Lecture Night: The Science Revealed” Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall, the night before the movie is released nationally.

Dr. Jose Alonso, director of the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake, will give a unique personal lecture based on his experiences and knowledge of the science that is a major part of the plot of the movie.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will release "Angels & Demons," a major motion picture based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel Friday, May 15. Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, the film focuses on an apparent plot to destroy the Vatican using antimatter made at the Large Hadron Collider and stolen from the European particle physics laboratory CERN.

Alsono has personal experience with the Hadron Collider. He helped assemble the ATLAS Detector, one of four large experiments set to start-up with the Large Hadron Collider, after he retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The lecture at BHSU is one of a series of public lectures scheduled in conjunction with the release of the movie.

Scientists are using this opportunity to tell the world about the real science of antimatter, the Large Hadron Collider and the excitement of particle physics research. Across the United States and Canada, scientists from at 30 colleges, universities and national laboratories will host public lectures as part of the lecture series. Scientists working on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider will host lectures at particle physics institutions across Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

“Angels and Demons,” the highly anticipated sequel to the “Da Vinci Code,” follows Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of symbology, when he investigates a murder victim at CERN. He finds evidence of a deadly threat toward the Vatican done by an ancient secret brotherhood, the Illuminati.

Alonso’s lecture will also be presented Tuesday, May 12 at the Elks Theater in Rapid City, hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake. The “Angels & Demons” lecture nights also are presented with assistance from CERN, Fermilab, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

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