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Dartmouth Professor Explains Search for a Theory of Everything

Image of a painting of a man sitting beside a mountainNorwich ~ Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser will consider the search by physicists for a theory explaining all of existence, and the obstacles it faces, in a talk at Norwich Congregational Church on April 3 at 7:00 pm. His talk,Physicists’ Dream of a Theory of Everything, is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Theoretical physicists have long dreamt of a theory of everything that encompasses all particles of matter and their interactions. In his talk, Professor Gleiser will describe how physics and astronomy obtain knowledge of the natural world and how their limitations preclude us from ever getting to a “final” theory.

Gleiser is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He obtained his Ph.D. from King’s College London and received the 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His books on science, philosophy, and religion have been published in 15 languages and include The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and The Search for Meaning, A Tear at the Edge of Creation, and The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected. He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, essays, and op-eds, and frequently participates in TV documentaries and radio shows in the US and abroad. He is the co-founder of the NPR blog on science and culture, 13.7. He also directs the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Norwich are held at Norwich Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Norwich First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Norwich Public Library is sponsored by the Boatwright Foundation, Friends of the Norwich Public Library, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank
, Norwich Square Properties, Norwich Historical Society, and Jane W. Stetson and E. William Stetson III.

For more information, contact Norwich Public Library at 802.649.1184, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.