Philosophical Society of Washington

The Origin of Size

John Marburger
Presidential Science Advisor

2149th Meeting Abstract
Friday, September 27, 2002 at 8:15 PM


Quantum concepts are more than a century old, but they remain fundamental to our understanding of matter. Simple properties like the size and mass of objects have surprising quantum origins. This lecture reminds us that ordinary features of the universe are manifestations of an extraordinary world beneath our perceptions.

About the Author:

John H. Marburger, III is Science Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford in 1962, as a NASA trainee, and worked as a physicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. After serving as a professor of physics and electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, he became Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. From 1980 to 1994 he served as president of SUNY at Stony Brook, retiring to become University Professor of physics and electrical engineering. He was Director of Brookhaven National Laboratories from 1998 until his appointment to his present position by President Bush in 2001.

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