Baylor’s Department of Physics Will Welcome Distinguished Scholar to Semester Colloquium

Oct. 13, 2015
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 14, 2015) – Baylor University’s department of physics in the College of Arts & Sciences will welcome distinguished physicist Christopher Pope, Ph.D., as a guest speaker at the 2015 Fall Physics Colloquium Series at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Baylor Sciences Building Room E. 125.

Pope is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University and holder of the Stephen Hawking Chair in Fundamental Physics.

“Professor Pope is one of the top leaders internationally in supergravity and string theories which try to unify all four forces existing now in our universe,” said Anzhong Wang, Ph.D., professor of physics.

The lecture, titled “Gravity, Quantum Theory and Strings,” will examine the difficulties of extending quantum theory to unify it with other fundamental forces.

“I will discuss the search for a unified theory of gravity and particle physics,” Pope said. “Though generally aimed at an audience of physics graduate or undergraduate students, I’ll keep it low on formulae to make it accessible to a wider audience.”

Pope received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where he currently serves as an honorary professor. His research interests include general relativity, quantum gravity, supergravity, superstring theories and unification of the fundamental interactions in nature.

The annual Physics Colloquium invites scholars to campus to speak about cutting-edge research in the field of physics.

“The colloquium brings physics leaders of various areas to Baylor, giving our faculty and students a chance to interact with them and become informed about current, pioneering research developments,” Wang said. “It also provides a window to let outsiders get to know Baylor better and specifically learn about our physics research programs. This helps establish national and international collaborations, as well as promotes our university’s research in physics.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Baylor Sciences Building is located at 101 Bagby Ave.

For more information, contact the department of physics at 254-710-2511.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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