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June 15, 2005

Prominent Scientist Offers Insight On Superstring Theory

A top Canadian theoretical physicist and groundbreaking contributor to the study of string theory — a branch of physics used to describe an infinitesimally small and mysterious world of “vibrations”— will discuss “The Superstring Theory,” June 24 at 7 p.m. at Rozanski Hall at the University of Guelph as part of Alumni Weekend.

University of Waterloo professor Rob Myers is a researcher with Canada’s Perimeter Institute and the winner of the 2005 Canadian Association of Physics and Centre de Recherches Mathematics Prize for Theoretical and Mathematics Physics.

Among his contributions is the “Myers Effect” and his recent discovery that string theory may predict the presence of extremely long “cosmic strings” of a novel type that can stretch across the entire visible universe and have consequences for cosmological observations.

If proven to be correct, this may prove to be the long-sought confirmation of string theory and a reconciliation of Einstein’s ideas on spacetime and gravity with the subatomic world of quantum mechanics.

The talk is sponsored by the College of Physical and Engineering Science.

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