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The nuclear physicist Frank Wilczek, who won the Nobel Prize for work he did when he was 21 years old and who is known for his ability to make science interesting to audiences of all backgrounds and ages, will deliver a public address Nov. 9 at Old Dominion University.

Wilczek's appearance will be part of the university's Nobel Laureate Public Lecture Series, which is coordinated by Amin Dharamsi, professor and graduate program director in electrical and computer engineering.

The lecture, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the campus, will appeal to a broad audience, ranging from schoolchildren to
physicists, said Dharamsi. Teachers interested in bringing students and other groups that would like to attend can contact Dharamsi at adharams@odu.edu or 683-4467.

Wilczek, who is on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also will participate in an open forum for students and faculty from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Webb Center Room 1310 on Nov. 9.

When he was a graduate student at Princeton University, Wilczek did research that won for him the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics. The prize was for his role in the discovery of asymptotic freedom, which is a feature of quantum chromodynamics and involves interactions of particles such as quarks. The concept of asymptotic freedom led to the emergence of a Standard Model of particle physics based on quantum field theory.

Wilczek also has been honored for light verse and science articles he has written. Together with his wife, Betsy Devine, he wrote "Longing for Harmonies," a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that seeks to explain the basics of modern physics. The couple's second book, "Fantastic Realities," which one reviewer described as a "playful yet profound" account of the behavior of matter at fundamental levels, was published earlier this year.

This article was posted on: October 10, 2006

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