Theoretical physics

News involving the Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics

SETI Institute - An introduction to the research & education programs of SETI

Date: 
4 Jun 2019 - 2:00pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
Lindemann Lecture Theatre
Audience: 
Specialised / research interest

Celebrating its 35th year in 2019, the SETI Institute, founded by Astronomers Carl Sagan, Jill Tarter and Frank Drake, has grown from a small research team focused on searching for radio signals beyond our solar system (as a proxy for intelligent civilizations) to an organization of over 90 PhD scientists representing 23 different academic backgrounds, organized into 6 divisions of research. CEO, Bill Diamond, will describe the multidisciplinary structure and research of the Institute, whose mission is to explore, understand and explain the nature and origins of life in the universe.

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Finance & Physicists Lecture

Date: 
9 May 2019 - 2:30pm
Venue: 
clarendon
Room: 
Martin Wood Lecture Theatre

Finance might appear to be a world away from physics and hence from your life. However, whether you take not of it or not, your daily life is governed by markets. Finance is ultimately the study of markets, specifically seen through a financial lens and the understanding of these has ramifications for everything from how much we are paid to where we live and what is available in the supermarket.

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15 April 2019

Oxford scientists unlock the properties of turbulence

Our world and the whole Universe is full of turbulent fluids, usually in the plasma state. Most people are familiar with the notion of turbulence. Whether it is the chaotic swirls that appear as you add milk to your coffee or tea or the unpredictable motions of the atmosphere all too familiar to frequent fliers. However, despite this ubiquity, it is exceptionally hard to pin down in precise mathematical terms, with current theories either derived empirically or through dimensional analysis.

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

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