1999 Nobel Laureate in Physics Gerardus
An Undergraduate Lunch
Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:30-2 p.m.
Harlos House (1331 E. Tenth St.)
To me, Nature is a big jig-saw puzzle, and I see it as my task to
fit pieces of it together. -Gerardus 't Hooft
Gerardus 't Hooft is a Dutch theoretical physicist and professor
Utrecht University whose work has focused on gauge theory, black holes,
quantum gravity, and quantum mechanics. The Nobel, which he won
his thesis advisor, Martinus J.G. Veltman, is one of many honors he has
received, including the Wolf and Spinoza prizes and the
Franklin medals. The asteroid 9491 Thooft was named in
his honor and he
has written a constitution for its inhabitants:
(found here). On campus
to deliver the physics department's Konopinski Lecture (details below),
't Hooft will address in his lecture such questions as, Does
gravity theory need to be refined? Where do we start improving existing
theories in quantum mechanics? What are the secrets the fundamental
building block of matter still have for us? His website reports on
many other activities, including writing a book called Playing with
Planets, a fairy tale about his experiences with Windows Vista, his
theories (and bets) on whether theoretical physics can explain
paranormal phenomena, his views on religion, his arguments as to why
establishing "a thriving human colony on the Moon" should precede human
exploration of Mars, and much more.
Join Nobel Laureate Gerardus 't Hooft for lunch and a wide-ranging
For more on his career and work, visit these and other online sites:
Professor 't Hooft will be on campus to deliver a Konopinski Lecture
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., in Woodburn 100 on the topic "From the
Standard Model to Quantum Gravity." The lecture, which is open to all,
is sponsored by the IU Department of Physics.
This event is co-sponsored by the Hutton Honors College and the
Wells Scholars Program.
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to sign up for the "Gerardus 't Hooft lunch," and include your name,
address, year in school, and field(s) of study. Space is limited so we
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