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New Meetup: Lunch with Frank Wilczek, "Lightness of Being" @ MIT Museum

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:22 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Lunch with Frank Wilczek, "Lightness of Being" @ MIT Museum

When: April 27,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: "Lunch With a Luminary" is being held all week at the MIT Museum. Bring your own lunch and come at noon. Admission to each talk is free of charge. It's a Cambridge Science Festival Event, held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

Lunch with a Luminary - Frank Wilczek:

"Bring your lunch and your questions for a chat with Frank Wilczek, Physics Nobel Prize winner. He is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and the exploration of new kinds of quantum statistics (anyons). Wilczek is also a science writer and author of the popular and humorous, Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces".

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher hopefully will plan this just right and be there by 11:50 am and grab seats right off the bat when he gets there, placing a few MEETUP signs on chairs for people who RSVP YES. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with bright blue eyes, short brown hair spiked in the front, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. This is going to be hectic trying to get there and find everybody. Might as well try it, eh?

The Lightness of Being, according to the offical website:

"Early reviews call The Lightness of Being, 'a lively, playful, and inventive tour de force' as well as 'a colorful and masterful treatment of recent developments in fundamental physics.'

"A central theme of this book is that the ancient contrast between celestial Light and earthy Matter has been transcended. In modern physics, all the stuff out there is unified into a "Being" more like the traditional idea of light than the traditional idea of matter.

"Author Frank Wilczek has been playing with unified visions of nature since, as a 21 year-old physics grad student, he did work that won him the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics".

Review about Lightness of Being, Amazon:

"Grand unification theories have long been a holy grail in science. Nobel Prize?winning physicist Wilczek, who has himself made notable contributions in this field, offers a survey of everything in the universe from quarks to black holes, elucidating the current scientific thinking on how matter and energy interact. The two main concepts are the Grid and the Core. Wilczek says the grid is a conceptual descendant of ether, that mysterious substance scientists once believed filled empty space. Now some physicists theorize that space is highly structured by the grid, which is the primary ingredient of physical reality and the substance from which all physical matter is formed. Core theory, on the other hand, provides a theory of everything, reconciling gravity with electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Wilczek reports a couple of problems with core theory: it's not very elegant (scientists love elegance in their equations), and it hasn't been reconciled with string theory. This book is not for most general readers, but will be a hit with hard-core science buffs".

About Frank Wilczek, according to his website:

"Frank Wilczek has received many prizes for his work in physics, including the Nobel Prize of 2004 for work he did as a graduate student at Princeton University, when he was only 21 years old.

"He is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and the exploration of new kinds of quantum statistics (anyons).

"Much in demand for public lectures to a wide range of audiences, Frank has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Light Verse and twice in Best American Science Writing (2003, 2005). His television appearances include "ghostbusting" for Penn and Teller (2005)".

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