String Theory postulates that matter is made up of one-dimensional energy strings, which allow one to describe elementary particles and physical forces. Every year hundreds of string theorists attend an annual international conference to discuss the state of their field. STRINGS 2012 takes place at LMU Munich from 23.- 28. July, and is organized jointly by LMU, the Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP), the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics (ASC) at LMU and the Excellence Cluster "Universe".
Invitation to a Press Briefing on STRINGS 2012 – Recent Developments, Results and the Future of String Theory
24. July 2012 at 13.00 in Room F107 LMU, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich
Professor David Gross, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Prof. Gross is a Co-founder of String Theory and Nobel Laureate in Physics
Professor Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
Prof. Maldacena is working on a holographic model of the Universe
Professor Hermann Nicolai, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam
Prof. Nicolai is working on quantum gravity and String Theory
Professor Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
Prof. Witten, Winner of the Fields Medal for Mathematics, is working on a universal mathematical form of the theory
Professor Dieter Lüst, Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich and head of the Arnold Sommerfeld Center at LMU Munich
Prof. Lüst, Chairman of the Organization Committee for Strings2012, is working on String Theory also in relation to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, among other projects
For further information and registration, see: strings2012.mpp.mpg.de/press
In association with STRINGS 2012, two public lectures will be presented in the Main Aula at LMU (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich) on Saturday, 28. July.
You are cordially invited to attend.
10:30 – 11:30
Die "Weltmaschine" LHC am CERN – Einblicke in das frühe Universum
Rolf-Dieter Heuer, CERN, Geneva
12:00 – 13:00
String Theory and the Universe
Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
This lecture will be given in English
Press and Public Relations
Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich
Phone: +49 89 32354-292
Contact Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee
Prof. Dr. Dieter Lüst
Director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich
Chair of Mathematical Physics at LMU Munich
Phone: +49 89 32354-282
About "Origin and Structure of the Universe"
The Cluster of Excellence "Origin and Structure of the Universe" was established at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in October 2006 within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative. At this unique and internationally recognized research center, some 200 scientists combine their know-how within more than 45 working groups to decode the great secret called the "Universe". The Faculty of Physics of LMU Munich plays an important scientific role within the Cluster. Other partners in this project are the University Observatory of LMU Munich, the Munich based Max-Planck-Institutes.
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