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Nobel winner tops all-star lineup of physics speakers

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From page A4 | March 31, 2013 |

Four leading physicists, including a Nobel Prize winner, will give public lectures on Saturday, April 6, at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Frank Wilczek (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Maxwell Chertok (UCD), Michael Turner (University of Chicago) and Leonard Susskind (Stanford University) are scheduled to speak about their work on the frontiers of physics from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Afterward, Wilczek and Susskind will hold a book-signing.

Wilczek is a particle theorist whose work has included the unification of fundamental forces, the theory of strong nuclear force, cosmology and black holes. He won the 2004 Nobel Prize for his work on strong interactions. His most recent book for lay readers is 2008’s “The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.”

Chertok is a member of one of two experimental groups that recently discovered the elusive Higgs boson, sometimes called the “God particle.” Turner is a pioneer of modern cosmology, especially the application of particle physics for the structure of the cosmos, a co-author of a standard textbook on the subject and responsible for coining the term “dark energy.”

Susskind is one of the founders of string theory and most recently has made proposals in understanding how quantum mechanics works in the multiverse and near black holes.

Tickets are $15 ($7 for students), including a box lunch. They are available for purchase online at the UCD Ticket Office site or by calling 530-752-2471.

The UC Davis High Energy Frontiers Theory Initiative is hosting the event.

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