QUANTUM GEOMETRY AND THE FATE OF SPACE AND TIME

College of Science

Speaker

Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf,

From: March 19, 2019, 4 p.m.
To: None
Location: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park, SA2 8PZ, Swansea

The Department of Physics, College of Science, Swansea U. and the Learned Society of Wales present:

THE INAUGURAL DAVID OLIVE DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN THEORETICAL PHYSICS

Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf,

Director and Leon Levy Professor,
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

Professor Dijkgraaf FRSE, presently Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, is an eminent theoretical physicist whose research encompasses the interface of mathematics and physics, particularly within string theory and quantum field theory and their relation to geometry. He has also delved into quantum properties of black holes and shown how their thermodynamical properties arise from precise quantum mechanical mathematical counting formulae. For his distinguished scientific achievements, Prof. Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands in 2003. He has served as the President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and was named Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

In addition to being a renowned mathematical physicist, Prof. Dijkgraaf is a passionate science educator and science communicator to the wider public, and a champion of curiosity-driven research which leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs.

This distinguished public lecture series is in honour of renowned theoretical physicist Prof. David I. Olive CBE, FRS, FLSW (1937-2012), founding member of the Swansea Particle Physics Theory group.


Contact: Prem Kumar (Email: s.p.kumar@swansea.ac.uk)


Event created by: a.c.ratcliffe

 
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