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Nobel laureate returns for talks, April 25-27

Nobel laureate David Gross, the Thomas Jones Professor of Mathematical Physics Emeritus, will deliver the J. Edward Farnum lectures on "The Search for a Theory of Fundamental Reality" at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, April 25-27, in McCosh 50.

Gross, a string theorist, 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 for Theoretical Physics at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Gross was a faculty member at Princeton from 1969 to 1997.

In his first lecture, he will trace the development of a theory of elementary particles and provide a personal account of the work for which he won the Nobel. The second lecture will address the unanswered questions that have provoked a search for a unified theory of all the forces of nature, including gravity. In his final lecture, Gross will discuss the current status of string theory and explain why he believes physicists are on the verge of a revolution in their understanding of space and time.

The talks are sponsored by University Public Lectures and Princeton University Press.

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