World Year of Physics

The World Year of Physics 2005 is a United Nations endorsed, international celebration of physics.   Events throughout the year will highlight the vitality of physics and its importance in the coming millennium, and will commemorate the pioneering contributions of Albert Einstein in 1905.   Through the efforts of a worldwide collaboration of scientific societies, the World Year of Physics brings the excitement of physics to the public and will inspire a new generation of scientists.   For more information, please visit

The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut is planning several events celebrating Albert Einstein's contributions to science.   Below is a preliminary list of what we are offering here in Storrs, Connecticut.   It will be updated periodically as arrangements are finalized.

Area of Physics


Type of Event

Speaker info

  September Outreach to local K-12 schools  
Atomic and Molecular 9/2/05 Physics Colloquium Randy Hulet, Rice University
"The BEC/BCS Crossover with Ultracold Atoms"
General Relativity 9/7/05
12:00 Noon
GEOC seminar (Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center) Ronald Mallett, Univ. of Connecticut
"Einstein for Beginners"
Contributions to Physics, Society 9/9/05
4:00 PM
Physics Colloquium/Human Rights Program/GEOC (Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center) Patricia Rife, Univ. of Maryland
"Einstein, Ethics and the Atomic Bomb"
Elementary Particle 9/16/05 Katzenstein Distinguished Lecture Frank Wilczek, MIT
"The Universe Is a Strange Place"
Modern Optics/Photonics 9/23/05 Physics Colloquium Dan Kleppner, MIT
"Rereading Einstein on Radiation"
Condensed Matter 10/21/05 Physics Colloquium
Honoring Paul Klemens on the occasion of his 80th birthday
Michael Stroscio, UI-Chicago
"Modern Applications of Phonons: Contributions of Paul G. Klemens"
General Relativity 10/28/05 Physics Colloquium Francis Everitt, Stanford
"Testing Einstein in Space: A Marriage of Physics and Engineering"
Astrophysics 11/4/05 Physics Colloquium Alan Guth, MIT
"From Special Relativity to Cosmic Inflation"
Modern Optics/Photonics 11/11/05 Physics Colloquium Marlan O. Scully, Texas A&M
"Evolution of the Concept of the Photon Since Einstein"
Astrophysics/Cosmology 11/18/05 Physics Colloquium George Dvali, NYU
"The Universe's Acceleration and Nature of Gravity at Largest Observable Distances"
Cosmology 12/2/05 Physics Colloquium John Donoghue, UMass
"Is This the Best of All Possible Universes?"

All talks will take place at 4:00pm in the Physics building, room P36 unless otherwise noted.

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