Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in Create Account

The World's Numerical Recipe

04/26/2001
Frank Wilczek, Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, MIT

Description: "We can cook up a superb model of ordinary matter (allowing a very liberal definition of ordinary) using four numerical parameters as ingredients. A passable model needs only two. After adding another two ingredients, for six total, we can serve up astrophysics. Five might do in a pinch. I'll describe the ingredients, and show you the recipe."

About the Speaker(s): Frank Wilczek is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and the discovery and exploitation of new forms of quantum statistics (anyons). Wilczek was 21 years old and a graduate student at Princeton University when he and David Gross defined the properties of gluons, which hold atomic nuclei together. In October 2004 Wilczek shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Gross and H. David Politzer for this work. Wilczek is a co"recipient of the 2005 King Faisal International Prize for Science. Among other awards, Wilczek has received the 2003 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the European Physical Society; the 2003 Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society; and the 2002 Lorentz Medal of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Wilczek has taught at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He contributes regularly to Physics Today and Nature.

Host(s): School of Science, Department of Physics

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT World — special events and lectures

MIT World — special events and lectures

Category: Events | Updated 5 months ago

Created
December 15, 2011 12:41
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
2079 times

More from MIT World — special events and lectures

Emerging Technologies: The Innovators' View

Emerging Technologies: The Innovato...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:28:00 | 2250 views

Invention and Innovation: Emerging Technologies that Will Change the World<br> The Inventor View

Invention and Innovation: Emerging ...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:30:00 | 2594 views

Constructing a New Liberal Iraq

Constructing a New Liberal Iraq

Added over 3 years ago | 01:40:00 | 1804 views

Knowledge Based Economy and Education: Changing Roles for Universities " The MIT Perspective

Knowledge Based Economy and Educati...

Added over 3 years ago | 00:35:34 | 2519 views

Report Card on President Obama: MIT Experts Assess President Obama on Afghanistan, Climate, and the Economy

Report Card on President Obama: MIT...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:27:00 | 12380 views

Creativity: The Mind, Machines, and Mathematics: Public Debate

Creativity: The Mind, Machines, and...

Added over 3 years ago | 00:59:27 | 2777 views