If you’ve ever watched the popular TV series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” on Discovery or “NOVA” on PBS, you may have come across Dr. Michio Kaku. Kaku, a world-famous theoretical physicist, is brilliant at explaining mind-boggling scientific concepts in everyday terms.
As this spring’s Schiffman Ethics in Society guest lecturer, Kaku will be on campus March 2 to talk about the ethics of science in the next 20 years to what is sure to be a packed audience. He will hold a panel discussion in Dorsey Gym at 3:30, and a lecture in Launer Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the lecture. No tickets are necessary but come early to be assured a seat. Both events are free and open to the public.
Kaku, whose doctorate-level physics textbooks are required reading for many of the world’s leading physics laboratories, is of one the original minds behind string field theory, a major division of string theory – a theory that attempts to explain all of the forces and types of matter in the universe.
Sometimes referred to as “the theory of everything,” a term coined by physicist Stephen Hawking, this theory would explain every question the mind can conceive of, from the Big Bang, black holes and gravitational waves to time travel and the existence of other universes and dimensions. In fact, the theory incorporates other universes and dimensions. Scientists beginning with Einstein have been hunting this elusive theory to reconcile highly studied fields of physics that contradict each other, such as quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity.
Kaku’s vision for the theory is to devise an equation so simple and elegant that it comes to no more than one inch in length. And he’s open to suggestions. Brilliant minds are welcome to submit their equations to Kaku on his website. He’s received thousands, but no winners yet.
Kaku is also well-known for his work in predicting trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest scientific research.
Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, where he has taught for nearly 30 years. He has also taught at Harvard and Princeton. He has degrees in physics from Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley.
For more information, please visit the Schiffman Lecture Series website.