CFI-Brooklyn Meet the Author Event: Peter Woit

Monday, May 18th 2009 at 7:30 pm
Monday, May 18th 2009 at 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Prospect Park West & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Peter Woit is a mathematician and physicist who will discuss string theory and why it is controversial, as well as prospects for new experiments and a better understanding of the mathematical theories used to describe the physical world.

Woit, who specializes in theoretical particle physics and the use of mathematics to address fundamental issues in physics, is the author of the 2007 book " Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory & the Continuing Challenge to Unify the Laws of Physics ." Since 2004 he has run the blog " Not Even Wrong ," which deals with news about current topics in mathematics and particle physics research, and has become a focal point for the controversy surrounding string theory.

Woit earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Princeton University in 1985, worked as a postdoc at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, and is now a Senior Lecturer in the mathematics department at Columbia University.

Admission is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here .

To get there:

-- 2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza, then walk south down Plaza Street West, cross Union Street and continue to head south down Prospect Park West until 1st Street; BSEC is on your right hand side.
-- B or Q to 7th avenue, then walk down Flatbush Avenue to Plaza Street West; follow 2/3 directions from there.
-- F to 7th avenue stop; this lets you out at 9th street, so walk over to Prospect Park West, then head north to BSEC.
-- Also, any number of trains can be taken to Atlantic Avenue, like the 4 or 5, where you can switch to the 2 or 3.