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Mathematical Physicist To Give Annual Lectures

Mathematical Physicist To Give Annual Lectures

(December 23, 1998)

Sir Michael V. Berry, winner of the 1998 Wolf Prize in physics, will deliver two lectures on quantum mechanics -- the branch of physics concerned with the structure and behavior of atoms and molecules -- in January at the University of California, Riverside.

Berry, a professor of physics at Bristol University in Great Britain, will deliver the Victor L. Shapiro Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Sproul Hall 1102. The title of the lecture is "Quantum Mechanics and the Riemann Zeros."

The Andrew W. Lawson Memorial Lecture in Physics is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Physics 2000. The title of this lecture is "Quantum Indistinguishability."

Both lectures are open to the public free of charge. The talks will be geared toward a scientifically educated audience with some background in physics and mathematics.

Berry has made a number of fundamental scientific contributions to chaos theory and to quantum mechanics, principles of which are used to understand such natural phenomena as radioactivity and chemical bonding, as well as optics in nature, such as rainbows and the twinkling of stars.

Earlier this year, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in physics, Israel's most prestigious award given for achievements in science and the arts. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Berry is the author of two books -- "The Diffraction of Light by Ultrasound" and "Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation."

The departments of mathematics and physics and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences sponsor his visit to UCR. For more information, call 909) 787-5910 or 787-3113, or send e-mail to

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