Otago Polytechnic

Fourteen billion years on, what can we learn about the original imperfection?

“Behold, we were shapen in asymmetry; and in imperfection did the universe conceive us.”

The Dodd Walls Centre, Otago Museum and the University of Otago are proud to present Nobel Prize winner, Professor Eric Cornell.

We usually learn about the universe, and the particles that fill it, from telescopes and particle accelerators. When they aren't good enough, is there a third way? Professor Cornell discusses the role of precision measurement as the third way of gaining insight into the fundamental nature of the universe.

Professor Cornell is a senior scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a professor adjoint in the Physics Department of the University of Colorado. His research interests are ultracold atoms and using precision molecular spectroscopy to explore possible extensions to the Standard Model of particle physics. His most recent research includes a project to measure the electric dipole moment of the electron; a project designed to investigate supersymmetry.

Professor Cornell has received many awards for his work, including the Carl Zeiss Award and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, and is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Join us for a fascinating talk from one of the world’s foremost experts in precision measurement. Drinks, nibbles, and access to Tūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre will be available before and after Professor Cornell’s hour-long presentation. Children are welcome.

Tickets are free, but limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

5pm doors open. Talk commences at 5.30pm. Event concludes at 7pm.

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Published on 12 Jul 2019

Orderdate: 12 Jul 2019
Expiry: 6 Sep 2019