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Nobel Prize winner public lecture: Frontiers of Fundamental Physics

Published: 30 September 2016
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STAG Public Lecture

The Southampton Theory, Astrophysics and Gravitation (STAG) Research Centre has a history of inviting Nobel Prize winners to deliver its annual public lecture.

On Wednesday 26 October, at Turner Sims, the 2004 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Professor David Gross, will deliver the 2016 STAG Public Lecture: The Frontiers of Fundamental Physics.

At the frontiers of physics we search for the principles that might unify all the forces of nature and we strive to understand the origin and history of the universe. In this lecture Professor Gross will describe some of the questions that we ask and some of the proposed answers. He will also discuss what it might mean to have a final theory of fundamental physics and whether we are capable of discovering it.


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About the speaker

David Gross is the Chancellor’s Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics and former Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his PhD in 1966 at University of California, Berkeley and was previously Thomas Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics at Princeton University. He has been a central figure in particle physics and string theory. His discovery, with his student Frank Wilczek, of asymptotic freedom led Gross and Wilczek to the formulation of Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory of the strong nuclear force. Gross was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, with Politzer and Wilczek, for this discovery. He has also made seminal contributions to the theory of Superstrings, a burgeoning enterprise that brings gravity into the quantum framework. His awards include the Sakurai Prize, MacArthur Prize, Dirac Medal, Oscar Klein Medal, Harvey Prize, the EPS Particle Physics Prize, the Grande Medaille d’Or and the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004.

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