2007 Buhl Lecture

  • Mellon Institute
  • Auditorium (4400 Fifth Avenue)
  • David Gross
  • Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics, and Director, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Phusics,, University of California, Santa Barbara, , and Nobel Laureate in Physics 2004

The Future of Physics

During the last two decades, physicists have discovered startling evidence that has changed the way we look at the universe. This raises questions that were unimaginable to physicists 25 years ago. For example, only recently have physicists learned that the bulk of the universe is made of dark energy and dark matter, which begs the question: what is the nature of this dark matter and dark energy? And physicists are posing fundamentally new questions that stretch beyond the confines of space and time. During his lecture, David Gross will discuss 25 questions ‰ÛÓ from multiple universes to quantum matter ‰ÛÓ that might guide physics, in the broadest sense, over the next 25 years.

David Gross, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004, is Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics and director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). From his 1973 work that won him the Nobel Prize on understanding the strong interactions that bind quarks and nuclear matter together to string theory, he has been a leader at the forefront of theoretical physics for decades. Gross is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Macarthur Fellowship, the Dirac Medal, and France‰Ûªs highest scientific honor, the Grande MÌ©daille D‰ÛªOr, in 2004.

For More Information, Please Contact: 
Catherine Copetas, copetas@cs.cmu.edu