2012: Prof Brian P Schmidt
The UNSW Science 2012 Dirac Lecture was presented by Nobel Laureate Professor Brian P Schmidt.
|Date: July 2012 | Location: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building UNSW|
Date: April 2011 | Location: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building UNSW
2011: Lord Robert M. May
Supported by the Royal Society of NSW & Australian Institute of Physics
Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford, OM, AC, FRS is an Australian scientist who has been Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, President of the Royal Society, and a Professor at Sydney and Princeton. He now holds joint professorships at Oxford, and Imperial College London.
In the mists of prehistory, it seems clear that our ancestors sought to make sense of their world through myth and magic, memorably associated with evocative cave paintings, stone circles, and the like. The Greeks attempt to understand the motions of heavenly bodies were constrained by essentially aesthetic ideas about the perfection of circles. Did the advent of the experimental method overturn this conjunction of truth with beauty? Dirac’s equation speaks eloquently and amazingly to a contrary view. My talk will cover this general ground in an opinionated way.