Stephen Hawking, emeritus Lucasian professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and one of the most brilliant physicists of our time, is visiting the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry in Brussels from May 28 till June 1, 2012.
Hawking’s visit takes place in the context of a Solvay workshop on cosmology organized jointly by Professor Ben Craps of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Professor Marc Henneaux of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Professor Thomas Hertog of the KU Leuven.
At the meeting, some of the leading string theorists and cosmologists worldwide will exchange ideas on a number of key challenges at the interface of string theory and cosmology. Among the scientists that participate in the workshop are also Professor Leonard Susskind of Stanford and Professor Andrew Strominger of Harvard, two of the leading figures behind recent advances in string theory.
Asked why he was keen to participate in the workshop, Hawking replied: “It is important to investigate how string theory applies to cosmology and the big bang. This will deepen our understanding of the nature of our universe at the most fundamental level.”