Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More on the KITPC

The two day opening ceremony for the KITPC is coming up in a little over a week. After the official opening at the Great Hall of the People (with talks from Fred Kavli amongst others) there will be two days of lectures at the KITPC from many highly eminent scientists. The morning of the 26th will see a public lecture given by Michael Freedman, winner of the Fields medal for his part in the solution of the Poincare conjecture. Title:

'How Topology will save Moore's law' - Some thoughts on the human condition expressed through the history of the concept of "number." This concept carries us finally into the interface of topology, quantum mechanics, and computer science.

After this there will be lectures on subjects from quantum information, the search for habitable planets, laser technology, dark matter, the origin of the universe (from Henry Tye) to the future of physics, both worldwide and in China.

The closing speech will be by David Gross on Sunday the 27th. I'll report on what I get a chance to go to. I'll try and get some photos of the building too to give those who are thinking of coming to the future meetings a bit more of an idea about the place.

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