Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study


Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas Thu, Nov 6, 2014 7:00 PM


PI Public Lecture Series:

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Title: Quantum Mechanics and Spacetime in the 21st Century

Abstract: Prepare to be amazed. Nima Arkani-Hamed is one of the world’s most innovative scientists, with an infectious enthusiasm for decoding the mysteries of the universe. Renowned for his dynamic and accessible speaking style, Arkani-Hamed is among the most sought-after experts on topics including dark matter, extra dimensions, particle colliders, and the interconnectedness of them all. During this free public talk and live webcast, Arkani-Hamed will explore how recent research into quantum mechanics (nature’s most fundamental forces and phenomena) promises to shed new light on our understanding of the universe’s fabric of time and space. Find out why he recently said: “I haven’t been this excited about physics in a very long time.”

Biography: One of the leading particle physics phenomenologists of his generation, Nima Arkani-Hamed is concerned with the relation between theory and experiment. Based at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, and a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at Perimeter Institute, Arkani-Hamed has shown how the extreme weakness of gravity, relative to other forces of nature, might be explained by the existence of extra dimensions of space. He has proposed how the structure of comparatively low-energy physics is constrained within the context of string theory, and taken a lead in proposing new physical theories that can be tested at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. He won the prestigious Fundamental Physics Prize in 2012, and is featured prominently in the critically acclaimed documentary Particle Fever, about the search for the Higgs boson.

Doors open at 5:30 PM

Pre-Lecture Activities (tickets not required):

Black Hole Bistro - dinner and/or drinks:

The Black Hole Bistro will be open for a pre-lecture dinner or refreshments. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made at Dinner reservations will be scheduled between 5 pm - 6 pm. Reservations are not required for refreshments.

Ask a Scientist?

Perimeter scientists will be on hand to answer physics questions from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

There will be a waiting line for last minute cancelled (or ‘no show’) seats on the night of the lecture. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come to Perimeter and pick-up a waiting line chit at the Waiting Line sign and then participate in pre-lecture activities - no need to wait in line. An announcement will be made in the Bistro at 6:45pm if theatre seats are available. Note: you must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line and be in the Bistro when the waiting line announcement is made.

Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to participate in the lecture. The public lecture will be shown simultaneously on closed circuit television in the licensed comfort of the Black Hole Bistro for any members of the waiting line who are not able to get a theatre seat.

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