AMSI is hosting a free Public Lecture by Professor Shing-Tung Yau in Melbourne on 25 November 2010.
Professor Shing-Tung Yau will base his lecture on The Shape of Inner Space: String theory and the geometry of the universe's hidden dimensions. The book, by Professor Yau and with Steve Nadis, is being acclaimed for its accessible and clear explanation of the mathematical concepts and discoveries underpinning string theory.
String theory says we live in a ten-dimensional universe, but that only four are accessible to our everyday senses. According to theorists, the missing six are curled up in bizarre structures known as Calabi-Yau manifolds. The discoverer of these manifolds, Professor Yau, will describe in general terms how geometry enables the understanding of space time and trace its historical development from the ancient Greeks through Einstein to modern string theory, analysing the contributions of many great geometers and physicists along the way.
This lecture is based upon the recently published book by Professor Yau and Steve Nadis, The Shape of Inner Space: String theory and the geometry of the universe's hidden dimensions.
Professor Yau's book is available in all University Co-op Bookshops and good independent bookshops nationally (RRP $29.99)