Princeton, NJ – March 20, 2017 – The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes Nobel Prize Winner Princeton Professor F. Duncan M. Haldane for the 23rd Annual Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture. The event will take place at Princeton University’s Robertson Hall. This event is free and open to the public; however, individuals must register online at www.princetonchamber.org , due to limited seating.

 

Duncan M. Haldane is a Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1990. He was born in London in 1951 and studied at Cambridge University, where his Ph. D. advisor was Philip Anderson, Nobel Laureate 1977, brought him to Princeton to finish his thesis. He shared the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics for his seminal and initially-controversial work that helped to open up the new field of “topological quantum matter,” a currently extremely active area of theoretical and experimental research.  Before coming to Princeton, he had been on the faculty at the University of Southern California and the University of California San Diego, as well as working at Bell Laboratories and the Institut Laue-Langevin in France.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a recipient of the Oliver Buckley Prize for Condensed Matter Physics of the American Physical Society, and the Dirac Medal of the International Center for Theoretical Physics.

“We are thrilled to have Frederick Duncan Haldane the 2016 Nobel Prize winner in Physics as our Einstein Lecture speaker on Monday, March 20th.  Professor Haldane is our 23rd Einstein Lecture Series speaker and he joins a program with a legacy of presenting exceptional Noble Laureate speakers to our Chamber and to our community audience,” said Peter Crowley, President & CEO of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Albert Einstein, born March 14, 1879, was a German theoretical physicist.

Princeton, NJ: Although Albert Einstein was never on the faculty at Princeton, he occupied an office in the University’s mathematics building in the 1930s while waiting for construction of the Institute for Advanced Study, and his ideas have inspired generations of physicists and mathematicians at Princeton and around the world.

by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research, Princeton University, New Jersey.

The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the most profound of Einstein’s intellectual feats, general relativity, a theory that explains the relationship between gravity and matter. With this work, Einstein unleashed extraordinary new concepts such as black holes, the Big Bang, the bending of light by galaxies, and the rippling of gravitational waves through space, all consequences of the theory and the mathematical equations that describe it.

Einstein’s theory explains how matter, in the form of galaxies, suns, planets and other objects, creates gravitational fields in the fabric of the universe and how these gravitational fields in turn control the behavior of matter. His ideas, set forth in a series of lectures in late 1915, were almost immediately applied to describe, for example, the unconventional orbit of the planet Mercury.

But although the theory is easy to explain in words, the underlying math, in the form of partial differential equations, is considerably more complicated. “Einstein’s equations provide a tremendous number of deep problems for mathematicians,” said Sergiu Klainerman, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics. “These are some of the most difficult equations there are, by far.”

Klainerman is one…

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