Nobel laureate to speak at public lecture series

February 19, 2004, vol.29, no.4

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Nobel laureate Anthony Leggett will speak March 11 at SFU's free public lecture series, the Nobels and Other Prizes.

Established three years ago to recognize and celebrate excellence, the series also features six SFU professors presenting lectures that explain the work of other distinguished 2003 Nobel prize winners. These include peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi, South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, chemist Rod MacKinnon, winners in medicine, Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield, and economists Robert Engle and Clive Granger.

SFU mathematics professor Peter Borwein will discuss the most outstanding mathematical challenges for the new millenium, which are recognized with seven $1 million prizes from the Clay mathematics institute.

Leggett, the 2003 Nobel prize winner in physics, will give a modified version of the lecture he delivered at the Nobel prize ceremony in Stockholm. The lecture will review his research into how liquid helium-3 behaves below three-thousands of a degree above absolute zero.

The seven-part lecture series, presented by SFU's faculties of science and of arts, commences March 4 at the Harbour Centre campus and runs through April.

To reserve a seat, call continuing studies at 604.291.5100 or e-mail

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