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"The World in Eleven Dimensions"

by Professor Michael Duff, Imperial College London

August 08th 2016
Venue: Physics Building Trinity College Dublin

Book Tickets HERE Order DVD HERE  

 

About the Lecture

The leading candidate for an all-embracing theory of physics, one that would unify quantum mechanics and Einstein's general relativity and describe all physical phenomena from quarks to the Big Bang, is called `M-theory'.   M-theory brings together two strands in theoretical research: (1) ``Supergravity'', an extension of Einstein's theory involving Ď'supersymmetry'' that permits a maximum of eleven spacetime dimensions; (2) String theory, whose fundamental components are tiny vibrating strings. M-theory involves  membranes or bubbles as well as strings.   Is M really the final theory? Michael Duff will critically discuss the evidence. 

 


About the Lecturer

Professor Duff gained his PhD in theoretical physics in 1972 at Imperial College under Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam.

He returned to Imperial College as a member of staff in 1979, taking leave of absence to visit the Theory Division at CERN, first in 1982 and then again as a Staff Member from 1984 to 1987 when he became Senior Physicist. He took up his professorship at Texas A&M University in 1988 and was appointed Distinguished Professor in 1992. In 1999 he became Oskar Klein Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan and was elected to serve as first Director of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics 2000-2005. In 2005 he returned once more to Imperial where he has served as Principal of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Abdus Salam Professor of Theoretical Physics. He is now Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics and Senior Research Investigator.

Michael's interests lie in unified theories of the elementary particles, quantum gravity, supergravity, Kaluza-Klein theory, superstrings, supermembranes, M-theory and quantum information theory.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and Recipient of the 2004 Meeting Gold Medal, El Colegio Nacional, Mexico. (Cr. Imperial College London)



 

SOCIAL RECEPTION

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All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.

 

Booking Information

Date Monday 8th August
Subject to change - please check back later
Time 8:00p.m.
Venue

Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
 
Click HERE for a building map of Trinity College campus
 
Click HERE for Map of area

Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Tickets where possible should be booked in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, please come along 15 minutes early to accommodate.
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Send a cheque/ PO/ Draft, made payable to Astronomy Ireland to PO BOX 2888, Dublin 5.

DVD

This lecture is also available to people nationwide on DVD.
 
To order a copy of the DVD simply:
 
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Cost: DVDís cost Ä10 each incl P&P (€5 Astronomy Ireland members)
 
 Book Tickets HERE Order DVD HERE  

Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.


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