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Nobel Laureate David J. Gross to Give 12th Einstein Lecture Dahlem

№ 164/2012 from Jun 18, 2012

The Nobel Prize winner in physics, David J. Gross from the University of California, Santa Barbara, will be giving the 12th Einstein Lecture Dahlem on June 29, 2012. The lecture, entitled "Einstein’s Dream of Unification – Then and Now" will deal with Albert Einstein’s failed attempts during the last 30 years of his life to establish a unified field theory. This year’s Einstein Lecture Dahlem is being presented jointly by Freie Universität Berlin and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society. It will be given in English.

Unified field theories are intended to summarize all matter and force fields of the universe in one formula. David J. Gross, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize for physics, will outline Albert Einstein's attempts to establish a unified field theory. Gross will discuss why Einstein failed and what might have happened, if he had taken a slightly different route. He will then discuss where we stand today with regard to a unified field theory.

David J. Gross is the director of the Kavli Institut for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). This important scientific center is known within the research community as KITP and annually attracts about 1,000 scientists from around the world. David J. Gross is the driving force behind KITP. According to him, "Scientists like to do science. That is what KITP is all about." In 2004 he was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Frank Wilczek and David Politzer, "for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction." Worldwide he is one of the most important researchers in the field of elementary particle physics and string theory.

With the Einstein Lectures Dahlem, Freie Universität and several external institutions pay tribute to the seminal work of Albert Einstein as the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics. Each year a high-profile, interdisciplinary colloquium is held in the Berlin district of Dahlem, traditionally a center of scientific research. The Einstein Lectures Dahlem may cover topics in any of the areas of science that are influenced by Albert Einstein's thinking.

Time and Location

Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:15 p.m., Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall A, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin

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Further Information

  • Prof. Dr. Ludger Wöste, Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-56118/-55566, Email:
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Scheffler, Director, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 8413-4700, Email: