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Issue 1, Volume 2
October 2008


The Fall ‘08 semester has been a busy one for Physics@Berkeley. The furious pace of cutting-edge research, phenomenal students and public events makes the semester fly by. Here’s a sampling of the exciting things happening in the department.

Physics and the Brain

Professor Mike DeWeese makes a case for the proposition that it might be possible for the brain to be understood in terms of a manageable number of basic principles, much like the familiar systems physicists have traditionally studied. As a member of the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, he uses artificial neural networks, theoretical tools from statistical mechanics, and data from real neurons to study the mechanisms underlying the function of the cerebral cortex. read more.

Testing Einstein’s Happiest Idea by Watching Things Fall Sideways

Come to the Phi Beta Kappa sponsored public lecture by Eric Adelberger, University of Washington Physics Professor, on Monday, November 17 at 6:30 pm in 155 Dwinelle. Join us beforehand for a private reception in 375 LeConte Hall. To rsvp, please contact Maria Hjelm ( or 510-642-5979).

Click here to read the full abstract of this lecture.

Webcasts of our Fall Public Lectures

The Segre and Chupp Lectures are highlights of every Fall semester, and now you can attend these lectures at any time from any place.

Click here to watch the lecture by Mildred Dresselhaus: “Why Are We So Excited about Carbon Nanostructures?”

Click here to watch Distinguished Professor Rich Muller’s lecture “Physics for Future Presidents,” based on his popular class and book.



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