David Gross. A Century of Quantum Mechanics

December 7, 2012, 18:00 lecture


On December 7, with the support of the Russian Quantum Center, the Dmitry Zimin Foundation, and the Digital October center, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics David Gross gave a lecture at Digital October.

The theory of quantum mechanics is a little over 100 years old, and in this time it has shown itself to be the most successful model in the history of physics. In his lecture “A Century of Quantum Mechanics,” David Gross examined the current condition of quantum mechanics and analyze the significant successes of quantum field theory. In addition, the professor touched upon the basic problems that arise when the attempt was made to unify all the types of interaction in nature, including gravitational.

David Gross is an American physicist, a specialist in string theory, and laureate of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004 “for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction” (with F. Wilczek and D. Politzer).

David Gross was born in Washington in 1941. In 1962, he received a Master’s Degree at the Jewish University in Jerusalem. In 1966, he became a PhD in physics at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1987, he received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, and in 1988 a Dirac Medal. Until 1997, he had a junior scientific position at Harvard University and was a professor at Princeton University. In 2000, Gross received the Harvey Prize, and in 2004 the Nobel Prize.

At the present time, he is Director of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of California (Santa Barbara). In 2011, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Quantum Center.

Additional information on David Gross can be obtained here and here.

Online broadcasting performed by the technological partner Digicast.

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