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Herman Wouk to discuss latest novel on supercollider, April 26

Herman Wouk, the acclaimed author of "The Caine Mutiny" and "The Winds of War," will deliver the physics department's 29th Donald Ross Hamilton Lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, April 26, in A02 McDonnell Hall.

Wouk will talk about his new novel, "A Hole in Texas," which was inspired by the history of the superconducting supercollider, a particle accelerator that was under construction in Texas when Congress ended its funding in 1993.

The novel tells the story of a fictional physicist, Guy Carpenter, whose quiet life becomes upended when he is drawn into an international controversy over the discovery of a fundamental subatomic particle. Wouk combines science, international intrigue and political commentary in a humorous piece of fiction that has a real-life story of physics at its root. Princeton physicists aided him in writing the book.

Wouk, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and whose first novels drew on the experience, is known for his ability to combine rigorous historical research with compelling plots and humor. Wouk received the Pulitzer Prize for "The Caine Mutiny," which also became a classic film.

Donald Ross Hamilton was a member of Princeton's class of 1935 and went on to become the University's Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics and dean of the Graduate School. The public lecture series was established in Hamilton's honor after his death in 1972.

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