Gordon Kane, the Victor F. Weisskopf Distinguished University Professor of Physics, director of the Center for Theoretical Physics, and Professor of Art and Design, will deliver his inaugural lecture as a Distinguished University Professor on March 6, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. He will speak about, “The Bottom of the Iceberg – How Well Do/Can We Understand the Underlying Laws of the Physical Universe?”

He will argue that recent progress in string theory, plus existing and forthcoming data (particularly from the European CERN Large Hadron Collider), allows us to make significant progress on understanding ultimate questions about the physical universe. The data will include reports of (ongoing) observations of a Higgs boson from CERN and a description of the string theory prediction of the Higgs boson properties. Approaching issues about understanding the physical universe as a ladder of “effective theories” helps clarify them.

His talk will be in the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Amphitheatre (fourth floor) in the Rackham Building at 4:00 P.M. A reception will follow in the Assembly Hall.