WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Paul Dirac was a scientific genius
of legendary eccentricity. He is best known for conceiving of
antimatter and co-discovering the most revolutionary theory of the past
century - quantum mechanics - while strangely sending postcards home
during his times of great discovery to discuss only the weather.
On Wednesday, December 14, as part of Perimeter Institute's Public
Lecture series presented by Sun Life Financial, Graham Farmelo,
By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK, will examine
the life of Paul Dirac, exploring where his obsessions began and why he
was sometimes called 'the strangest man' in the modern history of
Graham Farmelo is a By-Fellow at Churchill College at Cambridge
University and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University
in Boston. He obtained his PhD in particle physics in 1977, and later
held a tenured position at the UK's Open University. In 1990, he moved
to the Science Museum in London, UK to become Assistant Director. Since
2003, he has been a consultant in science communication and author.
Farmelo recently published 'The Strangest Man', a biography of Paul
Dirac that won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Graham Farmelo's lecture, entitled "Paul Dirac and the Religion of
Mathematical Beauty" will be held Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 PM ET
in Waterloo, Ontario. Tickets will be available starting Monday,
November 28, 2011.
Further details can be found at www.perimeterinstitute.ca.
About Perimeter Institute
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is an independent,
non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our
understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very
essence of space, time, matter and information. Located in Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada, PI also provides a wide array of research training and
educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share
the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers and
the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and
Canada, PI is a successful example of public-private collaboration in
scientific research, training and outreach. http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca
SOURCE Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
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