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UW "God Particle" Researcher on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It's been called one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the last century and one of the men responsible for it does his teaching and research at UW-Madison.

Wesley Smith specializes in High Energy Physics.

He and UW colleague Sau Lan Wu were both instrumental in discovering what's being called the "God Particle" at CERN, the premier nuclear research facility in Switzerland.

Wesley Smith is the featured guest on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

Smith believes the discovery of that long-searched for particle of matter, offically called the Higgs boson, is monumental.

Now his job is to make the average person understand why.

"It will really change the fundamental way we understand matter in the universe," said Smith. "You can go back to Newton, he discovered how mass is attracted by gravity and the results from that, the equations that he derived then became the seeds of the industrial revolution."

Smith said the UW's contribution to the "God Particle" discovery wasn't just intellectual, but physical as well.

"That steel infrastructure that you saw, the large 700 ton, five story high steel discs were built by, under contract with the University of Wisconsin, by the physical science laboratory engineers and in collaboration with our particle physics department," said Smith.

The second half of the show veers back to politics.

Dennis Hall, one of four Democrats running to replace Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D) in Wisconsin's 2nd District, is the guest.

"I'd love to be able to follow in the footsteps of Russ Feingold and Senator McCain in getting some clarity, in getting some common sense back to Congress," said Hall.  "And I'm gonna work from the sane center."

Hall has a background in city politics in Janesville and private business, even rebuilding countries in the Middle East after the Gulf and Iraq Wars.

"When I started out, I went to Wisconsin companies and said, 'I would like to get your help, I want to advocate your business and get contracts for rebuilding.'  It worked," said Hall.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m., right after This Week with George Stephanopoulos on WKOW 27.

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