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Lederman to give physics lecture

STANFORD -- Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman, former Director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will give the first Robert Hofstadter Memorial Lecture and participate in the first colloquium Monday, Feb. 1, at the Bloch Auditorium (Physics 100).

The public lecture, "How Does the World Work," begins at 8 p.m. The talk will be "a brief history of the first 15 billion years with some dwelling on the past 10 years and a glimpse, too brief for investment purposes, of the future in our quest for an answer," Lederman said.

He also will give an afternoon colloquium on Tuesday, Feb. 2, "A Physicist Tries Science Education," the story of an attempt by university professors to intervene in an inner-city school system with the goal of changing the whole city. The colloquium will be at 4 p.m. in Physics 101.

A reception will be held at the Faculty Club at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with a dinner at 7.

Lederman won the Nobel Prize in 1988 for his work on elemental particles. He spent 28 years at Columbia University and became director of Fermi Lab in 1979. In 1989, he went to the University of Chicago. In 1992, he joined the faculty of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The lecture series is the first in honor of the late Robert Hofstadter, former Stanford professor of physics and a Nobel laureate himself, who died in 1990 at the age of 75.


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