A lecture on the development of science of the standard model of high energy particle physics given to some of the CERN faculty for a demonstration of how this kind of complex science should be lectured to those with any level of science/physics background from laypeople to experts who want to keep up with current discoveries outside their field.
Professor Brian Cox of Manchester University and contributor to the LHC’s ATLAS and LHCb experiments, is one of the best public educators of physics of our time. He has a huge charisma and character to keep an audience’s attention to fundamental topics in physics, keeping the sense of wonder but always keeping the real core of the subject intact – which is genuinely hard to do as in the process of teaching a subject like physics either the wonder gets sucked out and replaced with dry rhetoric or else the content gets sucked out and replaced with whimsical nonsense – Professor Cox helps create the balance in the same vein as other great popularizers of physics such as Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman.
His talks are always very good and try to include as many people as possible into scientific discovery and the wonders of nature which shape our individual understanding and our civilization into new frontiers.
Any of his tv series, including “Wonders of the Solar System”, and his books including my favorite “The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen”, co-authored by Jeff Forshaw are also must haves for any scientist young or old.