What do physics and genetics have in common? Could something like evolution have played a role molding the mathematical laws of physics? Theoretical Physicist Sylvester James (Jim) Gates, Jr. explores this question and more during his lecture titled "An Inchoate Epoch: Possibility of Evolution in Mathematics Laws of The Universe."
Gates is known for his pioneering work in supersymmetry and supergravity, areas closely related to string theory. Gates was recently named Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, where he will begin teaching in Fall 2018. Previously, he served as a professor at the University of Maryland on June 30, 2017, where he was named a Distinguished University Professor, University System of Maryland Regents Professor and John S. Toll Professor of Physics.
Gates earned two Bachelor of Science degrees (in physics and mathematics) and his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1984, Gates co-authored Superspace: One Thousand and One Lessons in Supersymmetry, the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry. Four years later, he became the first African American to hold an endowed chair in physics at a major U.S. research university. For his contribution to science and research, he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in 2013.
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