Paul Bernays Lectures 2017

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Prof. David Gross, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, Nobel Prize in physics (2004)

David Gross is Chancellor's Chair Professor of Theoretical Physics and former director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Questions about renormalization in particle physics, symmetries in physics, and the relation between quantum theory and gravitation belong to his main fields of research. In 2004 he received the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discovery of the asymptotic freedom according to which the closer quarks are to each other, the weaker is the interaction between them. Gross’ discovery of asymptotic freedom was central to the development of quantum chromodynamics.

The theme of this year’s Bernays Lectures is:

A Century of Quantum Physics – from Nuclear Physics to String Theory and Beyond


All lectures are given in English and are self-contained. Lecture 1 is aimed at a general audience; lecture 2 and 3 address the scientific community.

Lecture 1: A Century of Nuclear Physics

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 17.00 h, Auditorium F3, ETH Main Building

Lecture 2: Quantum Field Theory: Past, Present, Future

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 14.15 h, Auditorium F3, ETH Main Building

Lecture 3: Gauge – Gravity, or Open – Closed String Duality

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 16.30 h, Auditorium F3, ETH Main Building


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