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March 23, 2009

Nobel laureate to speak on book that shows conflicts in economic growth

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Laughlin will be at Purdue University on March 31 to speak about the conflicting interests of economic growth versus the free release of information, particularly as it relates to intellectual property and patent law.

Laughlin will talk about his book "The Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific Mind" (Basic Books, 2008), as part of the Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.  The presentation is free and open to the public. A book sale and signing will follow.

Laughlin won the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics along with Horst L. Störmer of Columbia University and Daniel C. Tsui of Princeton University for their work in describing how electrons behave when they are exposed to extreme cold and strong magnetic fields.

Purdue's Department of Physics will host Laughlin for a lecture on his first book, "A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down," at 4 p.m. in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, room 1010.

Laughlin is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Physics at Stanford and is the sixth speaker in Purdue Libraries' Distinguished Lecture Series. Past speakers include author Amy Tan and presidential historian Michael Beschloss. A complete list of past lectures is available at 

Laughlin's lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of Technology Commercialization and Purdue Research Foundation, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the colleges of Engineering and Science. The College of Agriculture, Department of Physics, University Copyright Office and Stuart & Branigin LLP are major supporters.

Writer: Jim Bush, (765) 494-2077,

Source: James L. Mullins, (765) 494-2900,

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