|Sept. 17, 2001||
Press Contact: Steve Koppes|
Fall Compton Lectures to highlight Invasions in Particle Physics
Learn the significance of experimental results in particle physics, the methods by which the experiments are done, the problems encountered and the innovative scientific thinking involved in a series of free, public lectures at the University of Chicago beginning Saturday, Oct. 6.
The series of 10 lectures, titled "Invasions in Particle Physics," will be held Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon through Dec. 8 in Room 106 of the Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 5720 S. Ellis Ave.
Maria Spiropulu, an Enrico Fermi Fellow at the University of Chicago, will deliver the lectures. Spiropulu received her Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 2000 and her Bachelors degree in physics in 1993 from Aristotle University in Greece. She has participated in particle physics experiments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; at CERN, the European high-energy physics laboratory in Geneva; and at BESSY, the synchrotron laboratory in Berlin.
The talks are the 54th series of Arthur Holly Compton Lectures, sponsored each fall and spring by the Universitys Enrico Fermi Institute. Compton was a University of Chicago physicist and a Nobel laureate, best known for demonstrating that light has the characteristics of both a wave and a particle. He also 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.
Of the 53 previous Compton lecturers, nine are now faculty members at the University of Chicago and many others hold faculty positions elsewhere. In addition, at least two books have grown out of the series: Robert Walds Space Time and Gravity (1977), and Nickolas Solomeys The Elusive Neutrino: A Subatomic Detective Story (1997).
The lectures are intended to make science accessible to a general audience and to convey the excitement of new discoveries in the physical sciences. Previous topics have ranged from the smallest fundamental particles to the history of the universe. All of the lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call (773) 702-7823.
Arthur H. Compton Lecture Series
Tentative outline, Autumn 2001
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