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Compton Lecturer to explore string theory in free lecture series

Learn about an outlandish conjecture that has led a large group of theoretical physicists to propose the existence of a 10-dimensional universe, of which only four dimensions are visible to humans, in a series of free, public lectures at the University of Chicago beginning Saturday, April 8.

The series of eight lectures, titled “String Theory: With a View Toward Reality,” will be held Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon in room 106 of the Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 5720 S. Ellis Ave. The lectures are intended to make science accessible to a general audience and to convey the excitement of new discoveries in the physical sciences.

Delivering the lectures will be Nicholas Halmagyi, McCormick Fellow in the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. Halmagyi will describe the beginnings of string theory and how its verification in experiments may require energy scales that far exceed current technology.

Halmagyi received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Sydney in Australia in 1997, then completed a year of honors study at the University of Adelaide in mathematical physics in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Southern California in 2005.

The talks are the 63rd series of Arthur Holly Compton Lectures, sponsored each fall and spring by the University’s Fermi Institute. A physicist at the University of Chicago, Compton is best known for demonstrating that light has the characteristics of both a wave and a particle. He organized the effort to produce plutonium for the atomic bomb and directed the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, where Fermi and his colleagues produced the first controlled nuclear chain reaction in 1942.

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