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March 9, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman will give the lecture, "Particle Physics: The Quest for Simplicity," Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in the Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is free to the public, "describes the role of particle accelerators in understanding how the universe works, making use of powerful `microscopes' which we call particle accelerators," according to Lederman.

"The data connects very tightly to astrophysicists who use powerful telescopes, satellite-based observatories with the same objectives.

"I will emphasize the powerful ideas that have emerged from these two fields, inner and outer space and how we have recognized that symmetry unites the subjects to art, architecture, music and forms the basis of what is becoming a unifying view of matter, energy, space and time," he said.

An internationally renowned high-energy physicist, Lederman is director emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the world's highest energy particle accelerator, and holds an appointment as Pritzker Professor of Science at Illinois Institute of Technology.

President and chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest scientific organization in the U.S., he was a founding member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel of the United States Department of Energy and the International Committee for Future Accelerators.

A member of the National Academy of Science, he has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Science (1965), the Elliot Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute (1976), the Wolf Prize in Physics (1982), the Nobel Prize in Physics (1988) and the Enrico Fermi Prize given by President Clinton in 1993.

Lederman serves on over a dozen boards, including the Board of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the Council of American Science Writers, and the Weizmann Institute in Israel.

"We are really excited about Dr. Lederman's visit," said Sally Koutsoliotas, associate professor of physics at Bucknell. "Not only is he an internationally recognized research scientist working on the cutting edge of physics, he also is deeply committed to encouraging young people in the sciences.

"He has a remarkable ability for conveying his enthusiasm for physics in a fun and accessible way. His talk is sure to be a wonderful adventure for everyone," she said.

According to Koutsoliotas, regional high school students have been invited to Lederman's talk and will meet with members of Bucknell's physics department.

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