Opinions - Summer Break 2013
Entitled Opinions will be back at some point during the 2013-2014 academic year.
In the meanwhile, we hope you enjoy this rebroadcast of a conversation with Andrei Linde, professor of physics at Stanford University, about his groundbreaking theory of the inflationary universe and other topics in cosmology. Linde was recently the inaugural winner of the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize - for more information, see http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/july/physicist-linde-award-073112.html
Professor Andrei Linde, a native of Moscow, is one of the authors of inflationary cosmology and of the theory of the cosmological phase transitions. His current research involves the theory of dark energy, investigation of the global structure and the fate of the universe, and quantum cosmology.
He is the author of more than 200 papers on particle physics, phase transitions, and cosmology, as well as two books, Inflation and Quatum Cosmology (1990) and Particle Physics and Inflationary Cosmology (1990). Professor Linde received his B.S. in Physics at Moscow State University and his Ph.D. from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow, where he later became Professor of Physics. Before coming to Stanford in 1990, he was a staff member of CERN in Switzerland for one year.
Linde has been the recipient of many awards in theoretical physics:
The Lomonosov Award of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1978), the Oskar Klein medal in physics (University of Stockholm, 2001), the Dirac medal (ICTP, Italy, 2002), and the Peter Gruber Prize for cosmology (2004). He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
For more on his work, see his website -- http://www.stanford.edu/~alinde/