April 2, 1993, Greencastle, Ind. - Leon Lederman, recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will speak on the DePauw University campus today. Dr. Lederman's address, "The God Particle", will begin at 11 a.m. in Watson Forum of the Center for Contemporary Media. Presented by the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series, the event is free and open to all.
"Nobel Laureate and physicist Lederman is funny, clever, entertaining, and highly accessible as he charts the course of experimental physics from 430 B.C. to the planned opening of the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC), of which he is one of the principal architects," notes a Library Journal review of Lederman's The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?. "This book might be seen, in fact, as a sort of advertisement for the SSC, answering as it does the question, What is the SSC for? Even allowing for Lederman's open bias toward big physics, his book is a delight to read and absorb, far more accessible than most books about contemporary physics, because it is rooted in the experimental; the 'God particle' of the title is the missing link of experimental physics, just as this book is the missing link between a complex world and the general reader."
The founder of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Lederman has been called a "modern day Leonardo Da Vinci" by the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology.