If this week’s news about the Higgs boson got your interest, don’t miss a day of public lectures set for Saturday, April 6. Four leading physicists — Nobel prizewinner Frank Wilczek (MIT), Maxwell Chertok (UC Davis), Michael S. Turner (University of Chicago) and Leonard Susskind (Stanford University) — will speak about their work on the frontiers of physics.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until about 3.30 p.m., followed by book signing by Wilczek (“The Lightness of Being”) and Susskind (“The Theoretical Minimum”). Tickets are $15 ($7 students) including a box lunch.
Frank Wilczek is a particle theorist whose work has ranged from the unification of fundamental forces, the theory of the strong nuclear force, to cosmology and black holes. has won numerous awards, culminating in the Nobel Prize in physics in 2004 for his work on strong interactions. He has written several popular science books and is known for his articles and talks that widen the audience for particle physics.
Maxwell Chertok is a member of the CMS collaboration, one of the two experimental groups that recently discovered the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. His research focuses on searches for new physics involving tau leptons, and is known for his physics teaching and outreach activities.
Michael S. Turner is one of the pioneers of modern cosmology, especially the the application of particle physics for the structure of the cosmos. He is the co-author of one of the standard textbooks on the subject, and coined the term “dark energy” to describe the (still mysterious) physics that drives the observed cosmic acceleration. He is also known for his lively presentations.
Leonard Susskind has contributed many important new ideas to physics, and is one of the most creative and productive theoretical physicists working today. He was one of the founders of string theory, played an important role in understanding the strong interactions, and ost recently has made bold proposals in understanding how quantum mechanics works in the multiverse and near black holes. He has written several popular books and is also known as an excellent speaker.