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What is Physics? at Clarkson University Science Cafe October 13

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"What is Physics? A Personal Perspective" will be discussed by Virginia Tech Physics Professor Royce K.P. Zia at the next Science Cafe at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, October 13, at 7:15 p.m. 

Unlike "What is 2+3?" there is no easy answer to the question "What is Physics?"rzia

"Though it has given us advanced technologies, physics has yet to understand `the magic all around us," says Zia. Illustrating with equations such as 2+1=3, he will argue that physics is the easiest of sciences, and he will provide a bird's eye view of a piece of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, the challenging frontier that's been the topic of his interest during the last three decades.

Join Zia on an amusing and insightful exploration of this question, based on his life-long career experience, first as a theoretical particle physicist, then as a researcher in statistical physics.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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