Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Nobel Laureate To Discuss "Future of Physics" In Carnegie Mellon's Buhl Lecture, April 26
PITTSBURGH—David Gross, a leading theoretical physicist who won the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, will deliver the annual Buhl Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Gross will give his talk, "The Future of Physics," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Oakland. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in the Mellon Institute lobby.
During the last two decades, physicists have discovered startling evidence that has changed the way we look at the universe, raising once-unimaginable questions on topics that stretch beyond the confines of space and time. During his lecture, Gross will discuss 25 such questions — ranging from multiple universes to quantum matter — that might guide physics in the broadest sense throughout the next 25 years.
Gross is the Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics and director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received the Nobel Prize for his 1973 work, which focused on understanding the strong interactions that bind quarks and nuclear matter to string theory. Since then, his work has been at the forefront of theoretical physics.
Gross is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous honors and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship; the Dirac Medal; and France's highest scientific honor, the Grande Médaille D'Or, in 2004.
The Buhl Lecture, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Department of Physics, is funded under the auspices of the Buhl Professorship in Theoretical Physics, which was established at Carnegie Mellon in 1961 by the Buhl Foundation. The professorship was created to support outstanding theoretical scientists who would both impact theoretical research and help establish directions for experimental investigations. For more information, call 412-268-6681.