2009 Asian Science Camp

August 2-8, 2009
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, JAPAN



last modified: 08/26/2009
Chen Ning Yang : Leader

Distinguished Professor-at-large, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor, Tsinghua University. He is a Nobel Laureate (together with T.D. Lee) in physics 1957 for proposing non-conservation of parity in weak interactions. He also proposed gauge field theory, which turned out to be the fundamental mechanism of the forces.  He has also made important contributions to statistical mechanics, condensed matter physics as well as theoretical particle physics.


Title: Symmetry and Physics (PDF: 1.8MB) (PPT: 7.5MB) Lecture 1
Date&Time:   Aug. 3 (Mon) 9:45 -11:15  
Place:   Main Convention Hall  
Abstract:   I shall outline in simple terms the historical developments that have made SYMMETRY a central theme in modern physics.  
Key Words: Symmetry  

Title: The Subtle Relationship between Physics and Mathematics (PDF: 600KB) (PPT: 3.9MB) Camp 1
Date&Time:   Aug. 3 (Mon) 17:00 -18:15  
Place:   304  
Abstract:   I The 1975 experiment showing that a neutron after rotating 360 degrees has its wave function multiplied by -1.  
  II The relationship between this beautiful experiment and a parlor game of Dirac.  
  III Knot Theory.  
  IV Topology of SO3.  
  V The subtle relationship between physics and mathematics.  
Key Words: Dirac's Parlor Game, Knots, Rotation Group

Title: Thematic Melodies of Twentieth Century Theoretical Physics (PDF: 1.3MB) (PPT: 2.5MB) Camp 2
Date&Time:   Aug. 4 (Tue) 15:45 -17:00  
Place:   304  
Abstract:   I shall outline the three main themes that underlie the foundation of 20-th century physics: Quantization, Symmetry and Phase Factor.  
Key Words: Quantum Theory, Phases, and Symmetry  

Title: Stories about Some Great Physicists (PDF: 908KB) (PPT: 5.7MB) Camp 3
Date&Time:   Aug. 4 (Tue) 17:15 -18:30  
Place:   304  
Abstract:   Included are stories about Einstein, Heisenberg, Dirac, Uhlenbeck, Schwinger, Salam, Chandrasekhar, and others.  
Key Words: Einstein, Heisenberg, Dirac, Uhlenbeck, Schwinger, Salam, Chandrasekhar, ...  

Kazuhiro Tobe: Associate

Associate Professor, Nagoya University. His research field is theoretical particle physics, and his current interest is in physics beyond the standard model of elementary particle physics.

asc09 at kek.jp