Thursday, April 20, 2006

Purpose of the Compton Lecture Series

April 8The 63rd Compton Lecture Series, 2006 through June 3, 2006, 11:00 a.m.

Sean at cosmic variance point to this series of lectures that are being presented each year and in this series the entitled is called, "String Theory: With a View Towards Reality" which will be presented by Nicholas Halmagyi, McCormick Fellow, Enrico Fermi Institute.

Dear Friends of the Enrico Fermi Institute:

We cordially invite you to join us for the next series of the Arthur H. Compton Lectures. The Lectures are intended for the general public, friends of the Enrico Fermi Institute, members of the University community, and interested citizens of the Chicago area. They provide a descriptive account of some of the frontiers of present-day science. We don’t expect you to have a formal background in mathematics or science, but hope to appeal to your curiosity and to share with you some of the excitement of modern scientific research.

String Theory is an attempt to describe all particles by multi-dimensional objects, such as strings and membranes. These objects propagate in a ten dimensional universe of which four dimensions are visible to us. This rather outlandish conjecture has led a large community of theoretical physicists to hope for a unification of particle physics and Einstein's general relativity.

The rather serious caveat is the difficulty in providing predictions which can be experimentally verified since the physical manifestation of the string hypothesis will be most obvious only at energy scales which far exceed our current experiments.

In these lectures Dr. Nicholas Halmagyi will explain the humble beginnings of String Theory and will detail the staircase of energy scales which climb up to quantum gravity and string theory. No scientific background is required.

Just bring your curiosity. We hope you can join us for the first lecture on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 11:00 AM in Room 106 of the Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 5720 South Ellis Avenue. Enter through the door at the southeast corner. The series will run from April 8, 2006 through June 3, 2006.

There will be NO lecture on Saturday, May 27th and the Compton Lecture Luncheon will be held on June 3rd.


James E. Pilcher Director

There is a list of Present and Recent Abstracts, some mentioned in the article presented by Sean Carroll, and many others on the Compton lecture presentation itself.

For me it will be a interesting set of lectures, as I have watched this development for the last couple of years trying to piece togehter the essence of this perspective, about the way in whch one could now percieve a model used to help grow towards a dimensional expression of particle physics in high energy areas.

I would not like one to think that I am without purpose in my attachments to Cosmic varaince, and to those there in cosmic variance without understanding that some in their respective trades, are just as green(e) when it comes to applying their tools of the trade with string theory, while working their specific areas.

Feynman's Rainbow, by Leonard Mlodinow Warner Books 2003

Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow FreePress 2001

Also too, having watched a previous writer like Leonard Mlodinow, the quest to pursue science as well as develop the "path with a heart," to me exemplfies the struggle of some science people to find this part of themself. Meanings, to continue in the directions they do. While it might have been a aimless struggle( the recorded history) that apparent at one time as the story unfolds, were the glimpses into other times of people, as the greater teachers of science, like Feynman or Gellman, these insights into their lives present some of the essesnce of what has to be found as motivations needed to develope awareness not only for themself, but in the struggle to move society along with them.

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