Date: June 5, 2001 Speaker: Dr.
Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
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On June 5, 2001, Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr., the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, presented a lecture entitled, "Superstrings: Einstein's Dream at the New Millennium." Dr. Gates described the complexities of supersymmetry and string theory in a way that was easy to understand.
String theory was
developed approximately 30 years ago by theoretical physicists who were
uneasy with discrepancies between Einstein's theory of general relativity
and quantum physics. In string theory, tiny open and closed strings are
the most fundamental particles in the universe. The ability of these strings
to spin has enabled physicists to make string theory consistent with both
quantum mechanics and special relativity.
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