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Gustavus Adolphus decides to ‘test the limits’ with Nobel

Gustavus Adolphus’ 2013 Nobel Conference theme is “The Universe at its Limits.”

Questions will abound at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, early in October. What is the universe like? How does it behave on the very smallest, microscopic scales? What lies beneath the level of atoms that make up the ordinary matter that the universe contains? What exactly, is “in there”? What does the universe look like, and how does it behave, at the very largest, astronomical distances? What lies beyond our solar system and beyond our galaxy? What, exactly, is “out there”? And, how did it get this way?
The 49th annual Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College will be held on October 1-2. It is titled “The Universe at Its Limits,” and will bring together scholars who are at the forefront in discussing these questions and, especially, their interconnectedness.
“We live at a remarkable moment in the understanding of the most fundamental questions of science: What is the universe made of? Where did it come from? Where is it going?” said Steve Mellema, Nobel conference chair and professor of physics at Gustavus. “At this year’s Nobel Conference we will explore these questions in the light of recent discoveries and spend time contemplating both their scientific and their philosophical implications.”
This year’s esteemed panel includes three Nobel laureates: 2004 Nobel laureate in physics Frank Wilczek, 2006 Nobel laureate in physics George Smoot, and 1976 Nobel laureate in physics Samuel Ting. All three will receive honorary degrees from Gustavus during the Nobel Conference, which will bring the total number of Nobel laureates with honorary degrees from the College to 100.
Tickets for this year’s Nobel Conference are currently on sale. Individual reserved main floor tickets are available for $115, while general admission tickets for overflow seating are available for $70. Tickets may also be purchased for the Nobel Conference Banquet for $30. Tickets can be purchased by going online to or by calling the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507/933-7520.

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