Leigh Page Prize Lectures on the Cosmos to be Delivered at Yale

Each year, the physics department at Yale invites a distinguished physicist to present a series of three Leigh Page Prize Lectures, named in honor of Leigh Page who received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1913, was acting chair of the Department of Physics from 1943 to 1945 and acting director of the Sloane Physics Laboratory in 1945.

This year Alan H. Guth, Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at MIT is the honored speaker. The lectures will be held April 12, 14, 15 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 59 of the Sloane Physics Laboratory, 217 Prospect St., New Haven. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Topics for the lectures are: Tuesday, April 12, “Cosmic Inflation and the Accelerating Universe,” Thursday, April 14, “Eternal Inflation,” Friday, April 15, “Time Travel and Cosmic Strings: A Playground for Theoretical Physicists.

Most of Guth’s research has centered on the application of theoretical particle physics to the early universe: what can particle physics tell us about the history of the universe, and what can cosmology tell us about the fundamental laws of nature?

Guth has explored the question of whether it is possible to create a new universe in principle. According to Guth, the answer is a definite maybe. He and his collaborators showed that it cannot be done classically, but with quantum tunneling it might be theoretically possible.

For further information contact Linda Ford, Department of Physics at Yale at linda.ford@yale.edu or 203-432-3650.

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