Neil Turok to Discuss Universe's "Astonishing Simplicity" in Live Webcast

Join Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok on Oct. 7 as he examines the surprising simplicity of the universe, and why its discovery represents a turning point in fundamental physics.

Sept. 16, 2015 (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) – The most sophisticated experiments ever devised are revealing a universe that is surprisingly simple. Explaining this simplicity, says Perimeter Institute Director and cosmologist Neil Turok, is the next great challenge facing fundamental physics.

During a live public lecture webcast on Oct. 7, Turok will explain how the newfound simplicity represents “a very powerful clue” that may spark a new scientific revolution.

“I want people to come away from my talk realizing that we’ve learned a huge amount about the universe,” says Turok, “but we have conundrums which are extremely profound. And we have ideas that we hope will pull it all together.”

Turok’s lecture, titled “The Astonishing Simplicity of Everything,” is part of the Perimeter Institute Public Lecture Series, and will be webcast live Oct. 7 at 7 PM ET on the Perimeter Institute website and via partner organizations.

Turok will answer audience questions during a post-talk Q&A – including questions submitted prior to and during the talk via Facebook  and Twitter (using the hashtag #piLIVE). Questions are welcomed from everyone – aspiring scientific explorers, school classes, physics buffs, and general science enthusiasts.

“We really want people to be engaged with scientific discovery,” says Turok. “There’s an excitement in physics we need to share. We could be on the threshold of a new breakthrough in our understanding of the whole shebang, and that’s tremendously exciting.”

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Institut Périmètre de Physique Théorique

L'Institut Périmètre est le plus grand centre de recherche en physique théorique au monde. Fondé en 1999, cet institut indépendant vise à favoriser les percées dans la compréhension fondamentale de notre univers, des plus infimes particules au cosmos tout entier. Les recherches effectuées à l’Institut Périmètre reposent sur l'idée que la science fondamentale fait progresser le savoir humain et catalyse l'innovation, et que la physique théorique d'aujourd'hui est la technologie de demain. Situé dans la région de Waterloo, cet établissement sans but lucratif met de l'avant un partenariat public-privé unique en son genre avec entre autres les gouvernements de l'Ontario et du Canada. Il facilite la recherche de pointe, forme la prochaine génération de pionniers de la science et communique le pouvoir de la physique grâce à des programmes primés d'éducation et de vulgarisation.


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