Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Quantum Field Theory: 75 Years since Solvay
(27 to 29 November 2008)
To have not only one but two Physics Nobel Laureates convened at the same conference is truly a rare opportunity, if a statistician could derive a probability formula.
The IAS did just that having invited Professor Martin Perl and Professor Gerard ’t Hooft – both distinguished contributors to particle physics – as Lee Kong Chian Distinguished Professors to the three-day high energy physics conference.
Professor Martin Perl presented his plenary lecture that opened the question of whether it is possible to directly detect dark energy through the presence of dark energy density. He also gave another talk titled “Lessons in Teaching Physics From My Life in Teaching” at the Physics Education Workshop held in conjunction with the conference. Prof Perl – a professor with Stanford University and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) – was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1995 for his work in the discovery of the tau lepton.
Professor Gerard ’t Hooft’s plenary lecture was a discussion about crystalline gravity – the space-time interaction of matter with gravity and another talk titled “Education in the Netherlands and the Nobel Prizes” at the Physics Education Workshop. Prof ’t Hooft shared the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics with Martinus Veltman "for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions in physics". Prof ’t Hooft is currently a professor of theoretical physics at the Spinoza Institute of Utrecht University.