Top Canadian scientist to speak in Guelph


Rob Myers wants to make sense of space, time and matter. His work is so compelling that he is the 2005 Winner of the Canadian Association of Physicists and Centre de Recherches Mathématiques Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. Rob received this top Canadian honour for his many ground-breaking contributions to string theory - a branch of physics used to describe an infinitesimally small and mysterious world of 'vibrations'. Will the elusive 'theory of everything' be made up of strings, branes, and ten spacetime dimensions? Rob will explain during a special presentation for the general public when he takes everyone on "The Superstring Adventure".

Professor Myers has played a pivotal role in the development of string theory – including 'The Myers Effect.' Among his most recent contributions is the discovery that string theory may predict the presence of extremely long 'cosmic strings' of a novel type which can stretch across the entire visible universe and have consequences for cosmological observations. Such objects, if found, could provide the long-sought smoking gun confirmation of string theory. Rob is a Long Term Researcher with Canada's Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario – just outside Toronto. He has won many other prestigious research awards including the CAP's Herzberg medal (1999) and top prizes in the annual Gravity Research Foundation Prize Essay Competition. This is the same competition that famed scientist Stephen Hawking once won. Rob has since taken top spot on two separate occasions. The latest award comes during the 'World Year of Physics' – as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Einstein's contributions to science.

Rob's talk and visual presentation is specifically tailored toward a general audience.

· "The Superstring Adventure"
· Friday, June 24 at 7pm
· Rozanski Hall on the University of Guelph Campus
· Tickets and parking are free, but seats must be reserved in advance by emailing or calling 519-824-4120 x53965.

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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