Public Lecture
"Challenging What We Know - Superstring Theory"

Dr. Brian Greene
Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Columbia University

Olin Auditorium, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Monday, May 3, 2004, 7:30 pm
Admission is free

The fundamental particles of the universe that physicists have identified—electrons, neutrinos, quarks, and so on—appear to have no further internal substructure. String theory proclaims otherwise. According to string theory, if we could examine these particles with even greater precision—a precision many orders of magnitude beyond our present technological capacity—we would find that each is not pointlike but instead consists of a tiny, one-dimensional loop. Like an infinitely thin rubber band, each particle contains a vibrating, oscillating, dancing filament that physicists have named a string..

Dr. Greene has lectured at both a general and a technical level in more than twenty countries and is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory.  He is the author of the book "The Elegant Universe" and narrated the corresponding program on PBS.

Dr. Greene answering questions after the evening lecture.
Olin Auditorium was filled to capacity - 300 people attended.

Dr. Greene talking to Augustana physics
students after a lecture the next day.

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