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Feynman Anniversay Event to be Held at USC

January 22, 2010

USC will host a 50th Anniversary reflection on Richard P. Feynman's influential talk "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom".  On 29 December 1959, Feynman addressed the American Physical Society with this vivid and eloquent talk, describing a world that would become possible when scientists controlled matter precisely at the level of molecules, atoms and even electrons.

In February 1960, the Caltech magazine Engineering & Science published Feynman’s “Plenty of Room”, and it has been re-published ten times since then.  This has become one of the best-known papers in the history of nanotechnology.

The fiftieth anniversary of the initial publication of “Plenty of Room” presents us with an opportunity to reflect upon Richard Feynman’s legacy in nanotechnology.  The University of South Carolina will convene a symposium to consider the talk, the man, and the field of nanotechnology during the past fifty years.  The Symposium takes place at the University of South Carolina on Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 February 2010.

All full program (in PDF format) is available here


Registration fee: $25; no charge for USC faculty, staff or students.

For information about the program, please contact Chris Toumey.  For information about logistics and accommodations, please contact Mark Stevens.

This event is supported by National Science Foundation grant 0531160 and the USC NanoCenter. Opinions expressed in this symposium are the authors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

Itinerary for the Feynman Anniversary Symposium

Friday Afternoon, 12 February in the Gressette Room, Harper College, on the USC Horseshoe
3:30 PM
Dr. Michael Roukes:  The Feynman Legacy at Caltech.
4:30 PM
Mr. Conrad Schneiker:  My Conversations with Richard Feynman regarding Nanotechnology.
7:30 PM
Dinner at Za’s on Devine Street.
8:30 PM
Ms. Michelle Feynman:  Genius to You, Father to Me.
Saturday Morning, 13 February
9:00 AM
Dr. Cyrus Mody:  Fifty Years of Nanotechnology.
10:00 AM
Dr. Chris Toumey:  Reading Feynman into Nanotechnology.
11:00 AM
Panel discussion with the symposium speakers.