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SBU Hosts Theoretical Physicist William Bialek

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Theoretical physicist William Bialek

Stony Brook University continues to bring the brightest minds in brain research to campus with its upcoming 19th Annual Mind Brain lecture featuring William Bialek, a renowned theoretical physicist. Bialek, a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, will share his unique insights on the fascination physicists have with the brain in his talk “Searching for Simplicity: A Physicist’s Quest for Theories of Mind and Brain.”

The event takes place Monday, March 30, at 4:30 pm in Staller Center, Main Stage and will be streamed live at stonybrook.edu/webcast. A reception will follow in the Staller Art Gallery.

Bialek’s lecture will illustrate many cases in which the brain finds nearly optimal solutions to the problems of understanding the complex world around us. Perhaps, out of its complexity, the brain emerges as simpler and more perfect than we imagined.

About the Speaker
William Bialek— who in 2012 gave four talks for the Della Pietra Lecture Series at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook — is the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics and a member of the multidisciplinary Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University.  In addition, he serves as Visiting Presidential Professor of Physics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and founder of the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, which provides a home for theoretical research in the sciences and sponsors a wide variety of seminars and workshops, bringing together CUNY faculty, students, and visitors in the quest for more compelling mathematical descriptions of the world around us.

The lecture, hosted by the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, is intended for a general audience. Admission is free but seating is limited so please arrive early. A reception with the speaker will immediately follow the talk. For more on the lecture and links to Professor Bialek’s recent interviews, visit stonybrook.edu/mindbrain

– Shelley Catalano

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