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Frank Wilczek on Stockholm's "vibrant scientific environment"

In 2016, Frank Wilczek Professor of theoretical physics and 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics, joined Stockholm University's Department of Physics.



An interview with Frank Wilczek, professor at the Dept. of Physics, and 2004 Nobel Physics Laureate. The interview was carried out summer 2016.

"The main thing that happened in 2004 in my life was that I got the Nobel Prize in physics, shared with my thesis advisor David Gross and with David Politzer.

We got that for discovering the basic equations of what’s called the strong force. That’s the force that holds quarks and gluons and ultimately atomic nuclei together. It’s the most powerful force in nature. Understanding it has had many, many ramifications throughout physics and cosmology.

So we got to spend a glorious week in Stockholm and then I went up north all the way to Kiruna. We had a great time.

In recent years I’ve gotten to think more and more about how we could use the ideas that we have discovered in thinking about fundamental attractions to make new kinds of instruments, make new kinds of observations, and make new kinds of materials.

The Swedish Research Council offered a very generous grant that would allow us to come back on a regular basis for several years. [In 2016, Frank commenced an appointment at Stockholm University].

As well as an attractive place to live, it’s a vibrant scientific environment with the NORDITA, the Oscar Klein Centre and a number of centres of really excellent activity. And I think it’s growing and it’s a great opportunity now to build new activities as well as participating in the ones that are already here.

I’m a professor of theoretical physics based at MIT and also now have a joint appointment at Stockholm University."

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