Monday Morning Memo

Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on this week in regards to Physics... and beyond.

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Tuesday, Jan. 28:

Please join us for a talk with Frans Pretorius, Department of Physics, Princeton University:


Black Holes and Fundamental Physics


Black holes are perhaps the most remarkable prediction of Einstein's theory of general relativity. They are one-way membranes in the fabric of space and time, hiding singularities that exert infinitely strong tidal forces. I will begin by giving a brief history of the development of our theoretical understanding of black holes, and the astronomical discoveries that lead to the realization that they likely exist in the universe and play an important role in many astrophysical processes. As if this were not enough, over the past few years theoretical advances inspired by string theory are suggesting that general relativity, and in particular black holes "know" much more about fundamental physics that just gravity. This includes connections between black holes and thermodynamics, hydrodynamics and even quantum field theory.  I will give a few of examples of this. I do not know whether there are deeper physical or philosophical reasons for these connections, though these examples hint that black holes could be become a cornerstone of 21st century physics.


Tuesday, January 28th, *CNS 112* @ 12:10 p.m.


Pizza and refreshments provided for $1. Please bring your own cup. Remember to reuse, reduce, recycle.

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Thursday January 23:

"Summer Research Round-Up!" Come hear about all of the research opportunities that are available during summer. Attending this presentation is mandatory; so even if you're unsure about your summer plans, you MUST attend in order to sign up with faculty.

12:10 in CNS 206B
Pizza and refreshments provided for $1. Please bring your own cup - remember to reuse, reduce, recycle.

Also - **SAVE THE DATE**

Physics Café – Thursday February 6 2014 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Emerson Suites - Free and open to the public.

Matthew Price of the Ithaca College Department of Physics talks about:

The Particle Zoo: The Newest Exhibit, the Higgs Boson.

Recent discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider have helped to find the elusive Higgs Boson have led to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs. Professor Matthew Price will be speaking about the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the newest addition to the particle zoo. We will explore the past, present and future of particle physics now that the most elusive particle has been confirmed.

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