The coming revolutions in fundamental physics


June 13, 2013

Byens Lys

David Gross

David Jonathan Gross is an American particle physicist and string theorist. Along with Frank Wilczek and David Politzer, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of asymptotic freedom. He is the former director and current holder of the Frederick W. Gluck Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a faculty member in the UC Santa Barbara Physics Department and is currently affiliated with the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California. Homepage


The jazztrio, Andromeda is named after our nearest galaxy, The Andromeda Galaxy. On acoustic instruments they're exploring the relationship between composition and improvisation, human and the universe. Endeavouring dynamics, humor, storytelling and authority in the music. All compositions are inspired by different fascinating phenomena in the Cosmos. From galactic anarchy to the good melody. Homepage

Is the universe a big hologram? Do we live in extra dimensions? What is the nature of space and time? What happens when you fall inside a black hole? What is string theory?

The last session of the Spring 2013 Science & Cocktails season is a very special one as it will be guided by David Gross - Nobel prize winner in theoretical physics.

In the beginning of his discourse, David Gross will talk about what is going on at CERN, where the biggest particle collider is smashing particles against each other at high energies, and explain why the whole world of physics is so eager to understand its findings.

But don't expect that this is just one more talk of small tiny little particles bouncing against each other, afterwards is where everything becomes strange. David Gross will explain why attempting to understand the universe has led to the invention of String Theory: where Einstein's theory of relativity gets combined with Quantum Physics.

Could it be that everything is made out of the same basic unit? That all particles and things are made of vibrations of a single entity called a string? Can every single force of nature be unified and understood from the same underlying principle? David Gross will digress over the coming revolutions in fundamental physics and how that might change the way we view the world we live in.

Afterwards, smooth and smoky cocktails will be served at the sound of Andromeda - a jazz trio exploring the relationship between composition and improvisation, human and the universe and where all compositions are inspired by different phenomena in the Cosmos.

Organised in cooperation with the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

The talk: