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Events to connect Einstein, physics and music, Nov. 13

A lecture and a concert exploring connections between Albert Einstein, music and physics are set for Sunday, Nov. 13, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

The lecture, titled "Superstrings," will begin at 2 p.m. Brian Foster, an experimental particle physicist at the University of Oxford, will begin with a discussion of Einstein's life and involvement with music and then highlight some of today's theories of particle physics that build on structures set forth by Einstein. At several points during the lecture, music inspired by the ideas being discussed will be performed by British violinist Jack Liebeck.

In addition to being a Nobel laureate in physics, Einstein was an accomplished violinist and an avid concert-goer. A description of his musical life in Princeton is available online at <feynman.princeton.edu/~smithajs/JLprog.doc>.

Following the lecture at 4 p.m., Liebeck will perform a concert of music by Beethoven, Debussy, Martinu and Strauss, accompanied by pianist Charles Owen.

The events are sponsored by Princeton's Department of Physics as part of the World Year of Physics, a yearlong celebration of physics and Einstein organized by international physics organizations and recognized by the United Nations. The year is the 100th anniversary of Einstein's "miracle year" in which he published three of his most influential papers.

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