Chris Engelbrecht
Summer Schools


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General  |  Sponsors World Year of Physics 2005  |  Springer Lecture Notes in Physics Series  |  Organizing Committee

Latest updates to website: 20 Feb 2005  :: Lecture notes added


The lectures are based on Physics + COMPUTATIONAL ALGORITHMS + results, i.e. the emphasis is on algorithmic issues.  Students will leave with definite ideas on how to solve a variety of problems on the computer. The focus is on hands-on-computing, i.e. "How can I write the code myself to solve the problem?Ē In general, lecturers will not tie notions to a particular programming language. There is minimal reliance on commercial software or ready-to-go packages.


The target audience is 4th year physics students and above. Students with a computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics or other related field background, are welcome to attend. The total number of attendees is restricted to a maximum of 80.


We are not aiming for tutorial sessions in front of computer workstations since this is not practical (at the chosen venue). However, demonstration software may be installed on the LAN (of about 10 computers) for optional interest.

  The Sixteenth Chris Engelbrecht Summer School in Theoretical Physics is sponsored by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).  It is supported by the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) and the Organisation of Theoretical Physicists (OTP). 
  It is also financially supported by:
  • The International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste

  • The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) through a Ford Foundation grant

  • The Materials Computation Center, University of Illinois through an NSF grant

  • The University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • The Norwegian-South African Bi-national Commission

  • The Indo-South African Bi-national Commission

  • The Royal Society (United Kingdom)

  • The French Embassy, Pretoria

  • The Steering Committee for WYP2005, Department of Science and Technology

World Year of Physics 2005 (Click logo to visit website)

The year 2005 has been declared by the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) as the World Year of Physics (WYP). Our 2005 Summer School will be the first major physics event in South Africa for the year. We will acknowledge Einsteinís monumental contributions of 100 years ago by having Prof Domenico Giulini (U. Feiburg, Germany) give an historical account of Einsteinís work and its impact on Physics today.  Funding for this three lecture series is from the WYP2005 Steering Committee of the Department of Science and Technology.

 Domenico Giulini  Einsteinís legacy,
 100 years onwards
 University of Freiburg, Germany
Springer Lecture Notes in Physics Series
  The School lectures will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Physics series. The cost of the notes is included in the registration fee.
   Organizing Committee

 Nithaya Chetty

 University of KwaZulu-Natal

 David Ceperley

 University of Illinois

 Jean Cleymans

 University of Cape Town

 Hendrik Geyer

 University of Stellenbosch

 Dieter Heiss

 University of Stellenbosch

 Daniel Joubert

 University of Witwatersrand

 Robert Lindebaum

 University of KwaZulu-Natal

 Francesco Petruccione

 University of KwaZulu-Natal