“A New Kilogram in 2018: The Biggest Revolution in Metrology since the French Revolution”
Abstract: Metrology, the science of measurements, is responsible for the international uniformity and precision in standards, used as a basis to express everything in nature by numbers and units. Even today, an artifact of platinum iridium is by definition the international unit of mass but this standard is not stable enough. Therefore, a recommendation to replace the current SI by a new system based on constants of nature is expected for 2018.
Speaker: Professor Klaus von Klitzing
Nobel Prize Winner, Director of Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany
Klaus von Klitzing received his PhD from the University of Würzburg. Since 1985, he has been the director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1985 for the discovery of the Quantum Hall Effect. He has published more than 500 papers and received a large number of national and international awards. He is a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
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