Strings 2011

Public Lectures on the origin of the universe, Saturday July 2

Please note that you need your ticket and ID to get access to the lectures.
There might be a possibility for admission to the lectures even if you don´t have a prebooked ticket, depending on late cancellations. These seats will be offered just before the start at about 12.20.  

Note! Due to illness Professor Stephen Hawking will be replaced by his daughter, Lucy Hawking. 
Lucy Hawking is a science journalist and author. She will give a personal speech about her father.
A colleague of professor Stephen Hawking will speak more about Hawking's research. 

Three of the  best known scientists and public speakers in the world will present their views on the fundamental laws of physics and the origin of the universe. What is string theory? Is it the final theory of everything? What happened at the Big Bang? Is our universe the only one? These and  other mindboggling questions will be discussed in three fascinating lectures that will bring the audience to the forefront of research in physics and cosmology.  

The lectures are aimed at the general public and represents a unique possibility to take part in one of the most fascinating adventures of our time.  

You are most welcome to join us for an afternoon to be remembered!

Venue: The Auditorium of the University main building.


12:30-13:30 First lecture
13:30-14:30 Second lecture
14:30-15:00 Break
15:00-16:00 Third lecture

Presentation of the speakers:

Professor Brian Greene

Title: "Einstein and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory"

Professor Brian Greene is the world renowned author and lecturer on string theory and cosmology.  His several books, which include “The Elegant Universe” and “The Fabric of the Cosmos”, were immediate bestsellers and have been translated into dozens of languages.   His most recent book  “The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos” appeared earlier this year to loud acclaim.  

Professor Greene  is a strong public advocate for science.  He regularly contributes to the op-ed page of the New York Times and has  appeared on numerous interview shows, including with David Letterman, Steven Colbert and Charlie Rose.  In 2008 he and producer Tracy Day launched the World Science festival, a week long affair in New York that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

Born in New York, Professor Greene received his undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard University in 1984.  After Harvard, Professor Greene went on to Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, receiving his PhD in 1986 under thesis advisor Graham Ross.  He became an assistant professor at Cornell University in 1990 and a full professor in 1995.  The following year he moved to Columbia University where he is now a professor in both the physics and mathematics departments. He also serves as co-director of Columbia's Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics. 

The author of over 100 scientific publications, Professor Greene has made many profound contributions in theoretical physics.  Most recently, Professor Greene has been applying results in string theory to such cosmological questions as inflation and the origin of dark energy.

Professor Andrei Linde

Title: "Universe or Multiverse?" 

 Andrei Dmitriyevich Linde was born March 2, 1948 and is a Russian-American theoretical physicist. He got his PhD from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow in 1975 and is now professor of Physics at Stanford University. In 2001 he was awarded the Klein Medal and in 2002, along with Alan Guth of MIT and Paul Steinhardt, he was awarded the Dirac Medal. 

Professor Linde’s research is focused on problems from cosmology. He is famous for his work on inflation, an idea that explains many of the present features of the Universe by assuming that the universe has gone through a phase of rapid expansion. In fact, in its present form the eternal chaotic inflation idea suggests that we live on one of an enormous number of “bubbles” in an ever expanding Universe.

Lucy Hawking

Title: "My Brief History" (By Stephen Hawking)