Renowned theoretical physicist Hitoshi Murayama is one of the CAP 2018 invited speakers. His talk “Dark Side of the Universe for Everybody” will present his methods of using dark matter and dark energy to communicate science and engage the public.
From his talk abstract:
“It was a stunning revelation that 95% of the Universe is made of things we don’t know. About 25% among them is dark matter, and 70% dark energy, yet nobody knows what they are. I will discuss how this amazing mystery provides us a great opportunity to get the general public excited about science. (…) I present how I make use of metaphors to communicate esoteric concepts in modern cosmology to the general public. In addition, I discuss why we care about science communication at all, from the point of view of a scientist.”
Hitoshi Murayama is a theoretical physicist who works on the connection between the physics of the small (elementary particles) and of the large (the Universe). In addition, he worked on a neutrino experiment and is currently leading a team of astronomers.
Hitoshi Murayama received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Tokyo in 1991. He worked as a Research Associate at Tohoku University from April 1991, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from September 1993. He joined the Physics Department at UC Berkeley in July 1995, became an Associate Professor in July 1998, and Professor in July 2000.
Professor Murayama is also the Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo. He received Yukawa Commemoration Prize in Theoretical Physics in 2002. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He is well-known for his clear lectures for students and general audience.