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Posted October 4 , 2010
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Eminent theoretical physicist Lee Smolin to speak at Laurier

WATERLOO – Eminent theoretical physicist Lee Smolin will speak about his search for quantum gravity during his lecture at Wilfrid Laurier University Thursday, Oct. 7.

“Dr. Smolin is a distinguished physicist and an excellent speaker with provocative ideas,” said Shohini Ghose, associate professor of physics and computer science at Laurier. “We are excited to have the opportunity to hear him speak about his research in quantum gravity, an area in which he has made important contributions.”

Smolin was a founder of the approach called loop quantum gravity and works on the problem of quantum gravity at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. He is also known for proposing the notion of the landscape of theories, based on his application of Darwinian methods to cosmology. Smolin contributed to the foundations of quantum mechanics, elementary particle physics and theoretical biology.

Smolin has a strong interest in philosophy and his three books, Life of the Cosmos, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity and The Trouble with Physics, are in part philosophical explorations of issues raised by contemporary physics.

His talk, titled “Successes and open problems on the road to quantum gravity,” takes place Thursday, Oct. 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Peter’s Building, P3067.

The event is hosted by Laurier’s Computational Science and Applied & Statistical Modelling (CSASM) Seminar Series, an interdisciplinary seminar series founded in 2004. The series is a forum for academics, students, business and industry professionals to exchange ideas in order to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in the areas of CSASM, and to help train high quality and employable students.

The talk is free and open to the public.


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