Leading global physicists will gather at Chapman University to honor renowned physicist Yakir Aharonov
Chapman will mark occasion with conference, free public talk and launch of new Institute for Quantum Studies
Chapman University will honor its world-renowned physicist Yakir Aharonov, Ph.D., winner of the nations top science prize, the National Medal of Science, with a number of major events at Chapmans campus in Orange:
Chapman is fortunate to launch an Institute for Quantum Studies that will consolidate global research interests around the foundational theoretical work of Yakir, said Daniele Struppa, Ph.D., chancellor of Chapman University.This will be a distinctive institute that will foster further development of quantum physics by the worlds leading experts including several Nobel laureates and establish an academic entity known internationally as a model for science education and research.
While the conference is invitation-only, a popular session will be offered that the public can attend for free. This will include discussion of Aharonovs work (e.g., the nature of time). It will take place on Thursday, August 16 at 5 p.m. at Chapmans campus in Orange. Potential discussants include Aharonov, Englert, and other conference participants: Sir Michael Berry, Ph.D., FRS; Paul Davies, Ph.D., Francois Englert, Brian Greene, Ph.D., Nobel laureate David Gross, Ph.D., and Nobel laureate Sir Anthony Leggett, Ph.D., FRS. All of the sessions over the 3-day event will be webcast live at Quantum.Chapman.edu.
Chapmans conference is a follow-up to the Solvay Conference in Physics, the worlds most famous physics conclave, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, said Jeff Tollaksen, co-director for Chapmans Institute for Quantum Studies, Founding Chair, Department of Physics, Computational Science and Engineering. Many members of Chapmans Institute and conference have also attended the Solvay Conferences in Brussels, Belgium, including Solvay Conference organizer, Nobelist David Gross. These participants have been responsible for much of the history of physics. (At left is a picture of the first Solvay with attending luminaries such as Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Henri Poincaré and Ernest Rutherford.).
Solvay was the central conference spearheading the development of quantum mechanics which governs the micro-world of atoms and particles, Tollaksen continued. It is the most successful scientific theory in history and has led to more than half of the US gross domestic product, such as electronics, computers, lasers, and numerous other technologies. While theoretical physics has been a pivotal part of some of the biggest societal impacts at the lowest costs, quantum physics has famously defied intuition. Chapmans programs seek to change that.
Aharonov is widely known for many monumental fundamental discoveries. For example, the presidential citation accompanying Aharonovs National Medal of Science recognizes him for his work in quantum physics which ranges from the Aharonov-Bohm effect to the notion of weak measurement, making him one of the most influential figures in modern physics. The Aharonov-Bohm effect one of the cornerstones of modern physics was co-authored with David Bohm, whom Einstein regarded as his intellectual son.
And the second discovery, also mentioned by President Obama in the National Medal presentation, led to the number 1 and number 2 top physicsbreakthroughs for all of 2011 across all physics disciplines, according to both the Institute for Physics and the American Physical Society. Further, Thomson-Reuters not long ago conducted a worldwide poll of scientists, in which Aharonov, along with Institute member and conference attendee Berry, were voted #1 most likely to win a Nobel Prize in physics in coming years.
Chapman has been laying the groundwork for establishing an expanded curriculum in the sciences since 2006. An internationally respected team of physicists was hired in 2008 to further advance Chapmans critical research and education in the sciences, building expertise in Earth and environmental sciences, health and life sciences, and computational sciences. Chapmans B.S. degree in physics and computational science was also recently introduced, as was a Ph.D. in computational science.
For more information and a live webcast of the events, visit Quantum.Chapman.edu.
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