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Max-Planck Symposia

On the occasion of Max Planck's 150th birthday, a commemorative event with invited speakers will be held in lecture theatre H 0105 (Audimax) on Wednesday, Februar 27th, from 2.30 to 6.30 pm.

Max Planck was born 150 years ago, in an era where physics seemed to completely understood in its entirety as a natural science. By the end of his lifetime, physics had undergone fundamental changes in almost all its principles, and he himself had made decisive contributions to this. Max Planck's life of research stands for the permanence of science's efforts to achieve knowledge and better understanding.

For this reason, the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft is organising a public symposium on the occasion of Max Planck's 150th birthday, which with easily comprehensible individual accounts can contribute towards gaining a compact picture of current physics, modern physics, as well as looking to the future.

The event is intended for all conference participants, particularly the younger ones.

In focus: Modern physics


2.30 pm
Opening and introduction – Knut Urban, Jülich Research Centre, Vice-President of the DPG

2.45 pm
Max Planck and Thermodynamics – Werner Ebeling, Humboldt-University, Berlin

3.20 pm
Elementary particle physics – Christof Wetterich, University of Heidelberg

3.55 pm
Nuclear physics – Immanuel Bloch, J. Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

4.30 pm

5.00 pm
Solid-state physics – Klaus von Klitzing, Max-Planck Institute for Solid-State Research, Stuttgart, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1985

5.35 pm
Cosmology – Günter Hasinger, Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching

6.10 pmr

„No matter how far humans progress in their scientific understanding, they will always remain marvelling children in the face of the infinite wealth and continual change within nature, and will always have to be ready for new surprises.“ (Max Planck)

Further events to celebrate the occasion of Max Planck's 150th birthday

Division internal symposia "Max Planck: On the way to the quantum theory" on Thursday, 28th February 2008 at the History of Physics Association (further information) as well as the exhibition "Physics 150 years ago" in Room ER 150. (further information).

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