The third talk in this year’s Faculty Lecture Series will be presented by William Wootters, Barclay Jermain professor of natural philosophy at Williams College, on Thursday, Feb. 21.
The lecture, "Why Does Nature Like the Square Root of Negative One?," will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry. A reception will follow in Schow Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.
Wootters’ talk will deal with the importance of the square root of negative one -- the imaginary number i -- in quantum mechanics.
The Faculty Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 28, with Merida Raa, associate professor of Latino/a studies. Her lecture is "A Grounded Identidad: Making New Lives in Chicago’s Puerto Rican Neighborhoods."