Renowned physicist Sir Roger Penrose will speak at USF April 7.
Internationally renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger
Penrose, whose work ranks alongside those of Albert Einstein and Stephen
Hawking, will speak at USF on April 7. He’ll discuss his theory that the
universe is an infinite series of eons and whether new technology might allow
us to reveal what happened before the Big Bang.
Proved black holes exist
He’s best known for proving that black holes exist, a 1965
discovery that laid the foundation for much of Hawking’s subsequent research on
black holes and cosmology.
“Imagine if you could go back 300 years and hear a lecture
by Sir Isaac Newton—would you pass that up? Hearing Sir Roger Penrose is
something you’ll be able to brag about to your grandchildren,” said Tristan
Needham, USF mathematics professor.
High honors in physics
Penrose is the recipient of numerous high-profile awards for
his contributions to science, including the Wolf Prize in Physics (jointly with
Hawking)—considered the most prestigious recognition in the field after the
Nobel Prize. Penrose is the author of The New York Times best-selling books
“The Road to Reality” (2004) and “The Emperor’s New Mind” (1989).
He’ll speak at Presentation Theater in the School of
Education from 6-7 p.m. April 7. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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