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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Pascal Lecture 2014

Professor Gary Gibbons FRS (Cambridge)

"The concept of solitons and gravity"

11 June 2014, 2:00pm, CM101

Abstract: I will begin by providing a short history of the soliton concept, as intended to eliminate the distinction between particles on the one hand and fields on the other. I will then discuss how the idea has fared in General Relativity and bring the story up to date with some remarks about extreme black holes, p-branes and fuzz-balls. If time permits, I will also mention some recent work on how solitons in the absence of gravity can give rise to interesting "emergent" spacetimes.

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Gary Gibbons is Professor of Theoretical Physics in DAMTP, Cambridge University, where he has spent most of his career. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999, and to a Professorial Fellowship at Trinity College Cambridge in 2002.