Stanford Physicist Robert Laughlin to Describe ‘A Different Universe’ at Boston University Event

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, Science & Technology
April 7th, 2005

Contact: Ann Marie Menting, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston) — Boston University’s Physics Department will host a lecture, book signing, and reception for Robert Laughlin, the Robert M. and Anne Bass Professor of Physics at Stanford University, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at BU’s Photonics Center. Laughlin, who was the 1998 recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, will discuss his new book, “A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down.”

In his book, Laughlin argues against the current fashion of investigating the universe through a reductionist’s lens. According to Laughlin, our efforts to understand the behavior of the large phenomena that characterize our universe must take place at the macro level, not by knitting together our understanding of the behaviors of microscopic parts.

The Friday afternoon event is free and open to the public.

Event: “A Different Universe” Lecture and Book Signing featuring Robert Laughlin, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics, sponsored by Boston University’s Physics Department

Date: Friday, April 8, 2005

Time: 3 – 4 p.m. lecture; 4 – 5 p.m. book signing and reception

Place: Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206
Boston University, Boston, Mass.

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