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Stanford’s Susskind To Give 2009 Brickwedde Lecture

December 1, 2009

Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Physics at Stanford University, will give the 2009 Ferdinand G. Brickwedde Lecture in Physics at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Johns Hopkins University.

Titled “The World as a Hologram,” Susskind’s lecture will take place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy’s Schafler Auditorium on the university’s Homewood campus. It is free and open to the public.

Widely regarded as one of the fathers of string theory, Susskind in 1997 won the J.J. Sakurai Prize for his pioneering contributions to hadronic string models, lattice gauge theories, quantum chromodynamics, and dynamical symmetry breaking. He is known as an engaging and imaginative speaker with a rare ability to explain complex scientific concepts to lay audiences. In fact, Stanford University has put a series of Susskind’s lectures on theoretical physics, including those on “Einstein’s Theory of Relativity” and “Dark Matter vs. Dark Energy” on YouTube.

The Brickwedde lectures were established in 1981 and are funded by an endowment provided by Johns Hopkins alumnus Ferdinand G. Brickwedde, and his wife, Langhorne Howard Brickwedde. A Johns Hopkins Alumnus (BA ’22, MA’24, and Ph.D. in Physics ’25), Brickwedde had a distinguished research and academic career. Brickwedde was a co-discoverer of deuterium, a heavy isotope of hydrogen. He was long associated with the National Bureau of Standards and was dean of the College of Chemistry and Physics at Pennsylvania State University from 1956 to 1963. He also was Evan Pugh Research Professor of Physics Emeritus at Penn State until his death on March 29, 1989.

As part of the lecture tradition, at least one outstanding scientist is invited to campus for a three-day period each academic year. During that visit, the scientist delivers a public address and the weekly departmental colloquium. As stipulated by the Brickweddes, the visiting scientists are asked to spend generous amounts of time with the students.

For details on the lecture, call Pam Carmen at 410-516-7346.

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