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Michio Kaku to Give
Forum Lecture at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Oct. 23, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku will take his forum audience on a tour through the scientific world of tomorrow in his presentation Thursday, Nov. 6, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

“The World in 2020: Computers, Robots, DNA, Energy and Environment” is the title of his address, to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception.

Kaku’s appearance was rescheduled from Nov. 3; tickets bearing that date will be honored at the door on Nov. 6.

Michio Kaku explains the most fascinating and complex ideas in science today, in ways that are elegant and easy to understand, much like the late Carl Sagan. He is an internationally recognized authority in theoretical physics and the environment. His most popular and best-selling books include “Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the Tenth Dimension” (1994) and “Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century” (1997). The Philadelphia Inquirer described “Visions” as “a roller coaster of an intellectual ride through the extraordinary world of black holes, wormholes, parallel universes, higher dimensions and time travel.”

In his forum address Kaku will examine the great scientific revolutions that have dramatically reshaped the 20th century — quantum mechanics, biogenetics and artificial intelligence — and how they will transform the way we live in the 21st century. Kaku’s vision, based on research already under way at top laboratories around the world, predicts a future in which we are no longer passive bystanders to the dance of the universe, but creative choreographers of matter, life and intelligence.

“With his lucid and wry style [he has a] knack for bringing the most ethereal ideas down to earth,” wrote The Wall Street Journal.

Michio Kaku graduated Harvard University in 1968, summa cum laude and number one in his physics class. He went on to the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California in 1972, and in 1973 held a lectureship at Princeton University. Kaku currently holds the Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University.

Continuing Albert Einstein’s quest to find the “theory of everything” — an equation that would unify all four fundamental forces of the universe — Kaku co-founded string field theory, a leading candidate in the search.

Kaku’s television appearances include “The Larry King Show,” “Nightline,” “60 Minutes” and “Nova,” and he was featured in the PBS documentaries “Einstein Revealed” and “Stephen Hawking’s Universe.” He also has appeared on The Learning Channel’s “Future Fantastic,” as well as the BBC, TechTV and the SciFi Channel.

Admission is $7 for the public; $5 for those age 62 and over and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty/staff; or $3 for those age 17 and under and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and at the door.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Forum is funded by UW-Eau Claire students and administered by the Activities and Programs office of University Centers and Programs.

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Updated: October 22, 2003