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2004 Nobel winner to discuss future of physics, April 29

Nobel laureate David Gross, the Thomas Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics Emeritus, will speak on "The Future of Physics" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, in A02 McDonnell Hall.

Gross won the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics with Frank Wilczek, who earned his Ph.D. from the University in 1975, for a discovery they made while working together at Princeton. They were recognized along with David Politzer for their fundamental insights concerning the force that holds the parts of an atomic nucleus together.

Now director of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Gross was a faculty member at Princeton from 1969 to 1997. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1987 and the Dirac Medal in 1988.

In his talk, designated as the 30th Donald Ross Hamilton Lecture, Gross will discuss 25 questions that might guide physics -- in the broadest sense -- over the next 25 years.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Physics.

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