Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek gives talk at UiS

On Tuesday 12 July, Nobel laureate in Physics, Frank Wilczek, gives a popular science lecture titled «Some Intersections of Art and Science».

Frank Wilczek, Nobel laureate in Physics, Frank Wilczek, is set to lecture at UiS (Photo: Justin Knight)

While in Stavanger for the Strong and Electroweak Matter conference, the famous particle physicist will give a talk aimed at the public.

This July, some 90 scientists from around the world gather at the University of Stavanger (UiS) to discuss theoretical physics. Their particular concern is what the universe looked like in the first split second after The Big Bang.

«We greatly appreciate Wilczek’s appearance at the conference, says Professor Anders Tranberg at the University of Stavanger. The cosmology group he is part of, is the largest one in Norway when it comes to theoretical particle physics.

Nobel Prize

«As hosts of this conference, we would like to offer something to a wider audience and Wilczek’s lecture should be interesting to anyone who is interested in science,» says Tranberg.

Frank Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 along with H. David Politzer and David Gross of the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of nuclear force / colour force.

Simply put, it is about how quarks interact inside protons and neutrons.

Fundamental force

Nuclear force / colour force is the fundamental force that binds quarks together, and one of the four fundamental forces of nature. The other three are weak interaction, electromagnetism and gravity.

Quarks are, together with leptons, such as electrons, the smallest building blocks of our knowledge of nature today. Protons and neutrons consist of three quarks each.

Public lecture

The lecture starts at 17.00 on Tuesday 12 July and will take place in G-001 in the Arne Rettedal building. It is open to anyone interested.

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Professor Anders Tranberg is co-arranging the Physics conference.