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March 7: Travel down "Warped Passages" with Lisa Randall

Super-scientist Lisa Randall speaks for Butler University's Woods Lecture Series

When: Wednesday, March 7th, 7:30 PM
Where: Butler University Clowes Hall

Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics at Harvard University will speak about her book, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. The book takes up the topics of particle physics, string theory, brane worlds, and extra dimensions in a way that is accessible and entertaining for a general audience.

Dr. Randall was the first tenured woman in physics at Princeton; the first tenured woman theorist in science at Harvard and at MIT. She's the most cited theoretical physicist in the world in the last five years. She is most known for two papers: "A Large mass Hierarchy From a Small Extra Dimension"; and and "An Alternative to Compactification." Both concern "Warped Geometry/Spacetime" and show that infinite extra dimension and weakness of gravity can be explained with an extra dimension.

Lisa Randall’s research in theoretical high energy physics is primarily related to the question of what is the physics underlying the standard model of particle physics. This has involved studies of strongly interacting theories, supersymmetry, and most recently, extra dimensions of space. In this latter work, she investigates "warped" geometries. The study of further implications of this work has involved string theory, holography, and cosmology. Lisa Randall also continues to work on supersymmetry and other beyond-the-standard-model physics.

Within a year of her work on extra dimensions, it was featured on the front page of the Science Times section of The New York Times. It has also been featured in the Economist, the New Scientist, Science, Nature, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Daily News, a BBC Horizons television program, BBC radio, and other news sources. She has also been also been interviewed because Science Watch and the ISI Essential Science Indicators have indicated her research as some of the best cited in all of science.
If this talk by Prof. Randall sounds interesting, you should check out the discussions of global climate change on January 31, February 6, April 18. The political controversies over what to do about climate change inevitably revolve around scientific uncertainty and doubt. It should be a healthy reality check to hear from Prof. Randall about the sorts of uncertainty she faces in her research.

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