Internationally renowned physicist, Eugenio Coccia, will deliver the keynote address, “Gravitation: From Galileo to Einstein and Beyond,” at the 2009 Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture. Presented by Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics and co-sponsored by Montclair State’s Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, the event will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at 8 p.m. at the Alexander Kasser Theater.
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the unveiling of Galileo’s then-revolutionary invention, the telescope, and the International Year of Astronomy, Coccia will explore the breakthroughs of Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton, and the vision of Albert Einstein, who described gravity as a “curvature of spacetime” making it possible for us to understand cosmic phenomena like gravitational waves, black holes, and “spaghettification.”
Coccia is the director of the INFN National Laboratory of Gran Sasso, Italy, the world’s largest underground laboratory for astroparticle physics. He was also a full professor of gravitational physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Established in 2002 through a gift from benefactors Margaret and Herman Sokol, the Sokol Science Lecture Series has explored subjects from the environment and sustainability to human evolution to last year’s exploration of the relationship between neuroscience and art.
Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Kasser Theater box office and are $15 for the general public. Tickets are free for Montclair State students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and may also be obtained at the Kasser Theater box office.