Prof. David J. Gross of the Kavli Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics, gave a lecture titled "Future of Elementary Particle Physics" at UCAS on the evening of 14 December, 2013.
The first half of the lecture was hosted by Prof. Qiu Chengtong and the second half, organized as a seminar, was hosted by Prof. Wu Yueliang, Executive Vice President of UCAS. The lecture was attended by scholars, experts, UCAS faculty and graduate students.
Prof. Gross became a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1986 and a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. His work in theoretical physics has involved gauge field theory, particle physics and superstring theory.
During his lecture, Prof. Gross introduced the standard model, quantum field theory, supersymmetric theory and string theory. He expressed his confidence in the future of fundamental physics. Despite the inevitable difficulties fundamental physics research, "We are exploring", he stressed.
After the lecture, Prof. Gross discussed with the audience questions concerning fundamental physics, the current education system and the development of the disciplinary overlap of physics and mathematics.