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July 11, 2013

Nobel Conference 'Universe' gears up

Three Nobel laureates to present to about 6,000 people

ST. PETER — Gustavus Adolphus College has released a few more details regarding the 49th-annual Nobel Conference, titled “The Universe at Its Limits.”

Questions to be explored at the Oct. 1-2 conference include: How does the universe behave on the smallest, microscopic scale? What lies beneath the level of atoms that make up the ordinary matter that the universe contains? What lies beyond our solar system and beyond our galaxy?

As always, the conference will bring together scholars who are at the forefront in discussing these questions and, especially, their interconnectedness.

“We live at a remarkable moment in the understanding of the most fundamental questions of science: What is the universe made of? Where did it come from? Where is it going?” Nobel Conference Chair and Professor of Physics Steve Mellema said in a press release. “At this year’s Nobel Conference we will explore these questions in the light of recent discoveries and spend time contemplating both their scientific and their philosophical implications.”

This year’s esteemed panel includes three Nobel laureates: 2004 Nobel laureate in physics Frank Wilczek; 2006 Nobel laureate in physics George Smoot; and 1976 Nobel laureate in physics Samuel

Ting. All three will receive honorary degrees from Gustavus during the Nobel Conference, which will bring the total number of Nobel laureates with honorary degrees from the college to 100.

Nobel draws about 6,000 people to the college each year and is the first ongoing educational conference of its kind in the U.S.

Tickets for the conference are on sale. Reserved main floor tickets are $115, and general admission for overflow seating are $70. Tickets may also be purchased for the Nobel Conference Banquet for $30.

To order, visit or call 933-7520. For a complete schedule of the two-day event visit

— Free Press Staff

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