Michio Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in
theoretical physics and the environment. His latest book, Parallel
Worlds, presents the theoretical and experimental evidence from
the world of cosmology and physics concerning the "multiverse,"
that perhaps a parallel universe hovers just a few inches above
our universe. Billions of dollars at major physics laboratories
are being invested to test the outlines of this theory.
Kaku's goal is to help complete Einstein's dream of a "theory
of everything," a single equation, perhaps no more than one
inch long, which will unify all the fundamental forces in the universe.
He has lectured around the world and his PhD level textbooks are
required reading at many of the top physics laboratories. He has
written 9 books; his last two books, Hyperspace and Visions, became
international best-sellers. He hosts a weekly hour-long radio program
He has published dozens of articles in physics journals about
superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, and hadronic physics.
He is the cofounder of string field theory. He also wrote the first
paper on conformal supergravity and the breakdown of supersymmetry
at high temperatures. www.mkaku.org
Tuesday, April 26 -- 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Visualizing Higher Dimensions
Einstein once said that if a theory cannot be explained to a child,
the theory is probably worthless. By this he meant that behind
every great theory there is a simple physical picture.
Goal: To grasp the physical picture behind several of the most
exciting developments in physics.
-Learn how to visualize higher dimensions. At the turn of the last
century, mystics tried to have seances so that people could visualize
hypercubes and hyperobjects. We will review the historic attempts
to capture higher planes of existence in simple pictures.
-Study wormholes and how different planes of existence can be linked
via "multiply connected spaces," ie. as in a Looking Glass.
-Examine quantum theory, and understand how quantum parallel universes
were so bizarre that even Einstein had a hard time believing in
them. Yet quantum parallel universes are the foundation of lasers,
transistors, the internet, and the modern electronic age. Or, as
some people have asked, "Is Elvis Presley alive in a parallel quantum
universe?" The answer to this question may surprise you.