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Where is Fundamental Physics Heading? — A lecture by Dr. Nathan Seiberg

Simons Foundation Lectures

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 3:45 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Please join us for "Where is Fundamental Physics Heading? — A lecture by Dr. Nathan Seiberg", a free event for the scientific community — graduate level and higher — at the Simons Foundation, located on 21st Street in Manhattan. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to obtain tickets online now through Eventbrite.

In recent decades, physicists and astronomers have discovered two beautiful standard models, one for the quantum world of extremely short distances and one for the universe as a whole. Both models have had spectacular success, but there are also strong arguments for new physics beyond these models.

In this lecture, Seiberg will review these models, their successes and their shortfalls.  He will describe how experiments in the near future could point to new physics to suggest a profound conceptual revolution in our understanding of the world.


About the Speaker

Nathan Seiberg received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, where he worked from 1985 to 1991 as senior scientist, associate professor and professor.  From 1989 to 1997, he was a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He joined the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in New Jersey in 1997. 

Seiberg has received many awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Oskar Klein Medal, the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics of the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics, and the Fundamental Physics Prize. He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. 

Dr. Seiberg is a mathematical physicist, whose research has made major contributions to understanding string theory, quantum field theory, and particle physics. His exact solutions of theories have uncovered unexpected insights, including the fundamental role of electric-magnetic duality in quantum field theories, and they have led to many applications in physics and mathematics. He has also clarified how supersymmetry can be dynamically broken and tested, an effort now underway at the Large Hadron Collider.




Doors open               3:45PM

Tea                          3:45-4:30PM

Lecture and Q&A      4:30-6:00PM



Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
Simons Foundation
160 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
(Entrance on 21st Street)
New York, NY  10010

The Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium offers accessible seating to patrons with special access needs. Please fill out the special accommodations request when ordering your ticket online.

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When & Where

Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium, Simons Foundation
160 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 3:45 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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