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Available speakers

Some scientists are available during the World year of Physics to give talks to a variety of audiences ranging from technical to non-technical. If you would like to invite them to give a talk, please contact them directly.

Gordon W. F. Drake
Lecture Title: What Einstein Saw: 100 Years of Progress in Physics
Description: The progress of physics and the technologies derived from it can be gauged by the accuracy with which we can measure things. The year 2005 has been designated the International Year of Physics by the United Nations to commemorate Einstein's three famous papers of 1905, which laid the foundations for the last 100 years of progress. The talk will trace some of the key ideas that have emerged in understanding the quantum and cosmological worlds, and Dr. Drake's own research projects to test this understanding by applying it to atomic systems.
Email: gdrake@uwindsor.ca

Cliff Burgess
Target Audience: High School Students and General Public

First Lecture:

String Theory: Quantum Mechanics and Gravity -- the Start of a Beautiful Relationship?
Description: String theory is our best candidate for a theory of the physics at very short distances, and is the only known candidate theory which handles quantum... Read More

Second Lecture:

What Is the Universe Made Of? The Case for Dark Matter and Dark Energy
Description: For the first time in human thought it is now possible to observationally determine how much matter is in the Universe as a whole. These observations... Read More



Manuella Vincter
Target Audience: Physics Undergrad
Lecture Title: The Mystery of Matter
Description: One of the primary goals of particle physics is to explain the structure of matter at the smallest distance scales. The attempt to understand the material world around us in the simplest possible terms has involved ingenious feats of scientific sleuthing. Such investigative work has lead us to realize that protons and neutrons, the building blocks of all matter around us, themselves are complex objects with a rich substructure. The exploration of the fundamental components of matter has been the major task of particle physicists for over the past 50 years... Read More
Email: vincter@physics.carleton.ca

Gary W. Slater
Target Audience: High School Students and General Public
Lecture Title: Brownian Motion: The Life Of Dancing Molecules
Version Française
Einstein's 1905 article on the random dynamics of small particles in fluids is perhaps not as famous as his other 1905 articles, but his theory of Brownian motion has had a huge impact in science. In this presentation, we will follow the history of this phenomenon, starting with the botanist Robert Brown, and we will look at its importance in various scientific disciplines including polymer science, analytical chemistry and biophysics... Read More
Version Française
Other: Bilingual - Gary can present his lectures is either French or English
Email: gslater@uottawa.ca

Qing-Bin Lu
Target Audience: Physics/Chemistry/Biology Academia and High School Students
Lecture Title: From Femtochemistry to Femtobiology: Applications of Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy to Biological and Medical Studies
Description: In 1905, Einstein proposed the light quantum theory of the photoelectrical effect. This theory not only played a key role in developing the quantum theory in the early 20th century but "has become the basis of quantitative photochemistry in the same way as Faraday's law is the basis of electrochemistry" (c.f. The Presentation Speech for the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921). For this contribution, in particular, Einstein received the Nobel Prize in 1921... Read More
Email: qblu@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca


The following links will take you to the home pages of several competitions, that we feel would be of interest to physics teachers. This site will be updated as more links become known. For even more resources, visit the Useful links section
If you know of a site, that should be featured on the WYP2005 site, please submit the link here: Submit A link.

Competition links submitted by visitors

Art of Physics competition. (This is a photographic competition where art meets physics. Each photographic entry must be accompanied by a 200 word description of the physics principle depicted by the photograph. Winning entries and honourable mentions form part of a travelling exhibit.)

CAP High School Physics Prize examination. (The prizes for the top three national participants are being sponsored by the Canadian Chemistry and Physics Olympiad, with the CAP offering prizes to the top provincial participants. Certificates of merit are also offered provincially. In some cases, the provincial prizes are supplemented by the provincial university Physics departments. Many university scholarships and admissions committees have used the results in their decisions.)


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