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2009 Ferdinand G. Brickwedde Lecture In Physics

The World as a Hologram

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
4:00 p.m.

The Johns Hopkins University
Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy
Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center

Presented by:

Leonard Susskind

Felix Bloch Professor of Physics

Stanford University


Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University, will give the 2009 Ferdinand G. Brickwedde Lecture in Physics at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Johns Hopkins University. Titled "The World as a Hologram," Susskind's lecture will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy's Schafler Auditorium on the university's Homewood campus. The Lecture is free and open to the public.

Widely regarded as one of the fathers of string theory, Susskind in 1997 won the J.J. Sakurai Prize for his pioneering contributions to hadronic string models, lattice gauge theories, quantum chromodynamics, and dynamical symmetry breaking. He is known as an engaging and imaginative speaker with a rare ability to explain complex scientific concepts to lay audiences. In fact, Stanford University has put a series of Susskind's lecture on theoretical physics, including those on "Einstein's Theory of Relativity" and "Dark Matter vs. Dark Energy" on YouTube. Please click on Prof. Susskind’s web page for additional details on his career and scientific activity.

The Brickwedde lectures were established in 1981 and are funded by an endowment provided by one of our alumni, Professor Ferdinand G. Brickwedde (B.A. '22, M.A. '24, Ph.D. '25), and his wife, Langhorne Howard Brickwedde. Professor Brickwedde has had a distinguished research and academic career. He was a co-discoverer of deuterium, a heavy isotope of hydrogen. He was long associated with the National Bureau of Standards and was dean of the College of Chemistry and Physics at Pennsylvania State University from 1956 to 1963.

Each academic year, at least one outstanding individual is invited for a three-day period. During this time, the visitor delivers a public address and the weekly departmental colloquium, the latter being geared to the scientific community. At other times, visitors are invited for shorter or longer periods to give a colloquium, teach and/or conduct specialized seminars. As stipulated by the Brickweddes, the visitors are asked to spend generous amounts of time with students. Informal discussions and social activities are arranged so that all students have the opportunity to have close contact with our guests.

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