An upcoming lecture by world-renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr. promises to be a captivating journey from science fiction to the frontiers of theoretical physics.
In his lecture, From Sci-Fi & Marvel To String Theory & Back Again, Dr. Gates will explore the connections between current string theory research and the wonderful world of science fiction. This in-person lecture takes place Thursday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. in Eckhardt Gramatté Hall. It’s presented by the Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics and The University of Winnipeg Research Office. It will also be presented via Zoom.
This lecture on his dual passions of string theory and science fiction is a great – and rare – opportunity to hear from one of the most distinguished voices in theoretical physics.
“Dr. Gates is a pre-eminent theoretical physicist and a longstanding vocal advocate for diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields,” said Dr. Evan McDonough, UWinnipeg physicist and Director of the Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics. “This lecture on his dual passions of string theory and science fiction is a great – and rare – opportunity to hear from one of the most distinguished voices in theoretical physics.”
Dr. Gates is a long-time fan of all things science fiction. During his lecture, he will draw upon his extensive knowledge and experience to explore the connections between science fiction and string theory, as well as the ways in which science fiction has shaped our understanding of science and technology.
He is a recipient of the US National Medal of Science, which is the highest honor bestowed upon scientists and engineers in the United States. He also served as a member of former US President Barack Obama’s science advisory council, where he helped shape policy decisions related to science and technology.
Dr. Gates served as former president of both the National Society of Black Physicists and the American Physical Society, and is known for his work in promoting diversity and inclusion STEM fields.
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The Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics is a joint institute of The University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, with additional support and membership from Brandon University. It’s comprised of 27 faculty members and their students.