Theoretical physics

News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

19 September 2018

New £50m physics building opened by Sir Tim Berners-Lee

The University of Oxford has marked the opening of the Beecroft Building, a new 8,950sqm building for experimental and theoretical physics.

World wide web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee and donor Adrian Beecroft joined the Chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, to officially open the new state-of-the-art facility located in Oxford University’s science area in Parks Road.

12 July 2018

2018 Dirac Medal and Prize awarded to Prof John Chalker

Prof John Chalker has been awarded the 2018 Dirac Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics for:

'his pioneering, deep, and distinctive contributions to condensed-matter theory, particularly in the quantum Hall effect, and to geometrically frustrated magnets.’

You can read more here

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12 July 2018

Congratulations John Chalker

Many congratulations to John Chalker who has been awarded the 2018 Dirac Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics for 'his pioneering, deep, and distinctive contributions to condensed-matter theory, particularly in the quantum Hall effect, and to geometrically frustrated magnets.’

You can see more at http://www.iop.org/about/awards/page_71751.html

22 May 2018

‘Simplicity bias’ in science

A team led by Professor Ard Louis from Oxford’s Department of Physics has shown how to make the coding theorem from algorithmic information theory practically applicable, and use it to show that many phenomena -- ranging from biological RNA structures to financial models to deep learning with neural networks -- exhibit ‘simplicity bias’, which makes simple outputs far more likely than complex outputs.

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2018 Halley Lecture

Date: 
22 May 2018 - 5:30pm
Venue: 
martinwood
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
General public (Age 14+)

22 May 2018 (17.30pm – door open 17.15)
2018 Halley Lecture
Professor Adam Showman, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road Oxford OX1 3PU (Followed by drinks reception – Martin Wood Foyer foyer)

Registration via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/weather-on-remote-worlds-by-prof-adam-sho...

2018 Wetton Workshop & Hack Day, 19-21 June

Date: 
19 Jun 2018 - 9:00am to 21 Jun 2018 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Christ Church, Oxford
Room: 
Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre Complex
Audience: 
Specialised / research interest

Workshop Motivation:
As astronomical datasets grow ever larger, new thinking and new tools are required to ensure we get the best from them. This Wetton Workshop will bring together researchers from very different parts of the field - from galaxy evolution, stellar astrophysics, transient astronomy and more - to explore the tools and techniques that will let us that will uncover the surprises in modern surveys. A particular focus is on the discovery of rare and unusual objects and features and the science that can be done with them.

For more information contact: 

Lara Maisey, Executive Assistant
lara.maisey@physics.ox.ac.uk
01865 273302

18 April 2018

Professor Sir Roger Elliott FRS

It is with sadness that we announce that Professor Sir Roger Elliott FRS, died on 16 April 2018 aged 89.

Roger was appointed to a University Lectureship in Theoretical Physics and a Tutorial Fellowship at St John’s College in 1957, was promoted to Reader in 1964, and held the Wykeham Professorship of Theoretical Physics 1974-88. He was elected FRS in 1976 and knighted in 1987. He was Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society from 1984–1988, and served as chief executive of Oxford University Press from 1988 until 1993.

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15 March 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking, 1942 - 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

On 13 March 2018, physicists awoke to news that Prof Stephen Hawking, surely Oxford’s best known physics undergraduate (Univ. 1959), had died peacefully in his sleep. He leaves behind a monumental legacy.

13 March 2018

Surprising preference for simplicity found in common model

Researchers have discovered that input-output maps, which are widely used throughout science and engineering to model systems ranging from physics to finance, are strongly biased toward producing simple outputs. The results are surprising, as naïvely there is no reason to suspect that one output should be more likely than any other.

Enterprising Women

Date: 
27 Feb 2018 - 12:00pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
First Floor Audrey Wood Meeting Room
Audience: 
Open to All

Join us and be inspired by Dr. Cecilia Muldoon, avid oenophile, physicist, classic car fanatic and amateur ballerina!

Building on our previous talks, Cici Muldoon will be sharing lessons and insights from her journey from researcher to entrepreneur and CEO.

As usual we will be offering a networking lunch, from local social enterprises who combine making delicious food with doing good!

For more information contact: 

Please book here:http://bit.ly/2mvr1Ml

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