Event: The quest for a theory of everything

Dr. Costas Efthimiou, UCF Physics professor, is the guest speaker at the September 5 Science Cafe, which will be held at Taste Restaurant in College Park. The Science Cafes start at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. 

Efthimiou will explain the basic ideas that have led to our desire and hope that a unique theory describing everything in our universe can be found. He’ll will review the current state of affairs (including the latest discovery announced by CERN on July 4, 2012) and present a proposed theory for which the majority of the experts consider so far as the only viable candidate for being the Theory of Everything.

Costas Efthimiou obtained his BSc from the University of Athens and his PhD from Cornell University. After this, he spent an additional year at Cornell as a Lecturer teaching physics courses. He then accepted a research associate position at Tel Aviv University where he stayed for two years. He returned to the U.S. as a Visiting Scientist at the Math Department of Harvard University. He continued with a Visiting Scientist appointment at Cornell and Columbia Universities. In August 2000, he joined the Physics Department of UCF. Costas Efthimiou’s background is mathematical physics and theoretical high energy physics but he has also been involved in physics education and the promotion of science literacy and quantitative fluency.

Directions to Taste

717 W. Smith Street
Orlando, United States

Taste is near the corner of Princeton Street (really Smith Street after
the fork) and Edgewater Drive, so about 2 minutes from I-4 to parking.
One can park on the street or in the parking lot behind Taste.
* From Downtown and south, drive north (“east”) on I-4 through
downtown. At the exit for Princeton Street, exit and turn
* From Altamonte Springs and north, drive south (“west”) on I-4
toward downtown Orlando. At the exit for Princeton Street, exit and
turn right/west.

From I-4, drive a few blocks to Edgewater Drive. At the intersection,
you should see a orange building ahead of you, labeled “Taste”. Park on
the street or behind Taste.

Cafe Scientifiques 

The Cafe Scientifiques are sponsored by the Florida Academy of Scienes. The Academy partners with the College of Sciences in increasing the public’s understanding of science though such programs as the Ask-A-Scientist program, which is run in conjunction with the Orlando Science Center. The Science Cafe movement in the US was launched in conjunction with Sigma Xi. For more information about the Florida Academy of Sciences, please visit their website by clicking here.


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