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Nobel Laureate Wilczek, Author of the Lightness of Being, to Deliver Dec. 10 Lecture at NYU

December 3, 2008
N-187, 2008-09

Frank Wilczek, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics and an MIT physicist, will speak about his new book, The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces (Basic Books), on Wed., Dec. 10, 2 p.m. at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (Seventh Floor Commons, 20 Cooper Square [between 5th and 6th Streets]).

The lecture, sponsored by the institute’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP), is free and open to the public. Call 212.998.7980 for more information. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808.

The lecture is part of SHERP’s “Inside-Out” speaker series, moderated by Robert Lee Hotz, science columnist with the Wall Street Journal and a distinguished writer in residence at the institute.

Wilczek’s book is the first for the general public that lays out the new ideas he pioneered as a physicist. He explores the implications for basic questions about space, mass, energy, and the possibility of a fully unified theory of nature. Among the new ideas he considers is the theory that matter is built from almost weightless units and that space is a dynamic “grid”-a modern ether. He contends that we are tantalizingly close to unifying the fundamental forces of nature. A central theme of this book is that the ancient contrast between celestial light and earthy matter has been transcended. In modern physics, everything is unified into a “being” more like the traditional idea of light than the traditional idea of matter.

For more on the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, go to http://journalism.nyu.edu/

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