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World Science U for a Day: The Continuing Quest for the Deep Laws of the Universe

Sunday, May 31, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Students embarked on a quest with some of the greatest physicists searching for a unified theory of everything. This live program offered a curated curriculum for serious enthusiasts seeking stimulating science that goes beyond a popular-level presentation. From string theory to black holes to quantum gravity, it was a full day to challenge the mind and be guided by a dream-team faculty.

All proceeds from this program are used to develop additional World Science U live and digital offerings.


Gabriela GonzálezPhysicist

Gabriela González is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University (LSU), where there is a large group of people working on the detection of gravitational waves, both in theory and experiment.

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Samir MathurPhysicist

Samir Mathur is a physicist who has spent over two decades working on the black hole information paradox. He has proposed that this paradox is resolved because the structure of black holes is radically altered in string theory: Instead of having all their mass at their center, black holes are “fuzzballs” with no regular horizon or singularity.

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Carlo RovelliPhysicist, Aix-Marseille Univ.
Bestselling Author

Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist in the field of quantum gravity and in the history and philosophy of science. He is a co-founder of the loop approach to quantum …

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Andrew StromingerPhysicist, Harvard
Breakthrough Prize

Andrew Strominger is the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics at Harvard University and a founding member of the Black Hole Initiative. He is a renowned theoretical physicist who has …

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Cumrun VafaPhysicist, Harvard
Breakthrough Prize

Cumrun Vafa is the Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard University. He received his BS in Math and Physics from MIT in 1981 and his PhD in …

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