In the evening of August 2, there will be two public talks during the strings 2016 at Auditorium, Tsinghua University, the detailed are as following:
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute for Advanced Study
19:00-20:00, August 2, 2016
Title: The Frontier of Fundamental Physics
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and Leon Levy Professor since July 2012, is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education.
Robbert Dijkgraaf is a leading mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education.
He has identified deep connections between particle physics and mathematics, as well as between different areas of mathematical physics. His work has influenced understanding of string theory in low dimensions, topological strings, the dynamics of supersymmetric gauge theories, and the quantum states of black holes. Dijkgraaf is a distinguished public policy adviser and passionate advocate for science and the arts.
For his contributions to science, Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, in 2003. He was named a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in 2012 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Dijkgraaf is Past President (2008–12) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Co-Chair (since 2009) of the InterAcademy Council. He is also a distinguished public policy adviser and passionate advocate for science and the arts. Many of his activities––which have included frequent appearances on television, a monthly newspaper column in NRC Handelsblad, several books for general audiences, and the launch of the science education website Proefjes.nl––are at the interface between science and society.
Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study
20:00-21:00, August 2, 2016
Title: The Future of Fundamental Physics
Nima Arkani-Hamed is a professor of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and director of The Center for Future High Energy Physics (CFHEP) in China, Beijing. He was formerly a professor at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
One of the leading particle physics phenomenologists of his generation, Nima Arkani-Hamed is concerned with the relation between theory and experiment. His research has shown how the extreme weakness of gravity, relative to other forces of nature, might be explained by the existence of extra dimensions of space, and how the structure of comparatively low-energy physics is constrained within the context of string theory. He has taken a lead in proposing new physical theories that can be tested at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
In July 2012, he was an inaugural awardee of the Fundamental Physics Prize, the creation of physicist and internet entrepreneur, Yuri Milner. He has previously won the Sackler Prize from Tel Aviv University in 2008, the Gribov Medal from the European Physical Society in 2003, and the INFN-Pisa Gamberini prize in 1997. He was awarded the Packard and Sloan Fellowship in 2000.