For physics 2009 was a particularly important year due to the coming on-line, for the second time, of the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. How many of you have heard of the Large Hadron Collider? It is one of the most important instruments ever built. By reproducing the kind of collisions that happened soon after the Big Bang, it is designed to discover the origin of mass. One of the detectors, called ATLAS, is partly built by Australian scientists from the University of Melbourne. The first collisions were reported only very recently. Keep an eye out for major announcements during this year.
     Big Bang Theory has even come to our television sets. How many of you have seen this wonderful comedy series? I can tell you that the physics commentary is very accurate, but the caricatures of the physics students are certainly not. Well, perhaps there is some truth there somewhere...
     We already know in this Century that we know less than what we thought we knew in the last Century. We don't understand the origins of mass, or what is Dark Matter or why we have Dark Energy. So we need bright young scientists to help us out, and that is why I am here.
     I figure my first victim, I mean candidate, might be your best year-11 physics student of last year. It gives me great pleasure to award this prize, which is Simon Singh's book "Big Bang, The origin of the Universe", to ...

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