BATAVIA – Fermilab officials and scientists often hear the question, "Why does particle physics matter?"
Physicists from Fermilab and other institutions answer that question in an online video contest in which people can choose the video they like the most.
The contest is sponsored by Symmetry Magazine, which Fermilab produces with SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. The magazine chose the top five videos out of 29 videos, and those who participate in the contest are being asked to choose their favorite one.
The videos, which are each about a minute long, are posted at www.symmetrymagazine.org/contest/why-particle-physics-matters. They have until 5 p.m. Sept. 3 to participate in the contest, which kicked off on Aug. 20.
Kathryn Jepsen, deputy editor of Symmetry Magazine and senior communications specialist at Fermilab, said she hopes those who participate will think about the part that particle physics plays in their lives.
"I hope they will start to think about why particle physics is important to them," Jepsen said.
In his video, Fermilab scientist Hugh Lippincott said he believes particle physics is important because "my nephew asks me, 'Why?' and I want to be able to answer."
Jepsen said she is happy that the contest has been generating interest.
"The first day, 4,000 people looked at the page," she said. "Lots of people are talking about it."