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Paul Steinhardt: "The Second Kind of Impossible"

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  • Thu, Jul 25, 2019 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
East Hampton Library
159 Main Street
East Hampton Village
When leading Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter. The Second Kind of Impossible is the story of Steinhardt's thirty-five-year-long quest to challenge conventional wisdom. It begins with a curious geometric pattern that inspires two theoretical physicists to propose a radically new type of matter - one that raises the possibility of new materials with never before seen properties, but that violates laws set in stone for centuries. Steinhardt dubs this new form of matter "quasicrystal." The rest of the scientific community calls it simply impossible. The talk will describe the scientific odyssey that unfolds over the ensuing decades, first to prove the validity of the idea, and then to pursue Steinhardt's wildest conjecture: that nature made quasicrystals long before humans discovered them. Along the way, his team encounters clandestine collectors, corrupt scientists, secret diaries, international smugglers, and KGB agents. Their quest culminates in a daring expedition to a distant corner of the Earth, in pursuit of tiny fragments of a meteorite forged at the birth of the solar system. BIO Paul J. Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University, where he is on the faculty of both the departments of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences. His science spans many disciplines ranging from origin of the universe to new forms of matter. He has received the Dirac Medal and other prestigious awards for his research, and he is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. In addition to writing The Second Kind of Impossible, Steinhardt co-authored Endless Universe, Beyond the Big Bang, with Neil Turok. In 2014, the International Mineralogical Association named a new mineral 'steinhardtite' in his honor, and in 2018 Steinhardt and his collaborator Luca Bindi won the international Aspen Italia Award for their discovery of the first natural quasicrystal. THURS JULY 25th 7-8 PM register by calling (631) 324-0222 ext.3 or at Eventbrite
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