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The University of California, Irvine cordially invites you to a special Public Lecture

The Universe is a Strange Place

Professor Frank Wilczek
2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Monday, 12 June 2006, 8 pm
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Over the course of the twentieth century we have constructed a very successful fundamental theory of the behavior of matter. Viewed from this perspective, the world looks very different from our everyday reality. It is a very strange place, and a beautiful one -- in particular, we've come to understand that the building blocks of matter appear as notes in a Music of the Void. I'll describe this using a combination of facts, pictures, and jokes. Finally I'll discuss some recent discoveries indicating that the world is even stranger than we've understood so far, and how we're rising to the challenge.
PROFESSOR FRANK WILCZEK is considered one of the world's most eminent theoretical physicists. When only 21 years old and a graduate student at Princeton University, he did the work cited in his Nobel Prize of 2004. He has also received many other prizes for his work in physics. He is currently the Herman Feshbach professor of physics at MIT.
Frank is also known for his ability to communicate successfully with a wide range of audiences. Much in demand for public lectures, he has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Light Verse and twice in Best American Science Writing (2003, 2005). Together with his wife Betsy Devine, he wrote a beautiful book, Longing for the Harmonies. He will be available to sign copies of his new book, Fantastic Realities, after the lecture.

TICKETS   The lecture is free and open to the general public. To guarantee seats, however, reservations are strongly recommended. Reserved tickets will be held at the door. To claim reserved tickets, please present photo ID between 7:00pm-7:40pm at the Barclay box office on the day of the lecture. Reserved tickets that are unclaimed as of 7:40pm will be released.

UPDATE (5 JUNE 2006)   WE REGRET THAT, GIVEN EXTRAORDINARY DEMAND, THE LECTURE IS SOLD OUT. UNCLAIMED RESERVED TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS AT THE DOOR BEGINNING AT 7:45PM.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING   The lecture takes place in the renowned Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. The Barclay is easily accessible from the San Diego Freeway (405) by taking the Jamboree, Culver, or University exit to Campus Drive. Public parking is provided for a nominal fee in the parking structure located directly behind the theatre at the corner of Campus Drive and West Peltason and Bridge Road. Further information is available HERE, or by calling (949) 854-4646.

POSTER   A high resolution poster for printing: PDF (400KB).

SPONSORS   This lecture takes place during SUSY06, an international meeting of many of the world's prominent particle physicists and cosmologists, hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of California, Irvine. It is sponsored by UC Irvine, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation.



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