The Science of "The Man from the 9 Dimensions" and Superstring Theory

June 27, 2024Den Grå Hal Copenhagen
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Doors open: 19:00
Start programme: 19:30
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Science & Cocktails is proud to present a unique episode with theoretical physicist and string theorist superstar Hirosi Ooguri, who will be your guide into the mysteries of string theory, gravity and extra dimensions.

Is the whole universe made out of vibrating strings? How does the world look like at microscopically small distances? How does the universe work?

TICKETS. Seated tickets are paid. Standing tickets are free and valid until 8pm. After 8pm we let people in on a first come, first served basis.

"The Man from the 9 Dimensions" is a movie on Superstring Theory, the leading candidate for the unified theory of forces and matters including gravity. Professor Ooguri served as an advisor to the movie to ensure its scientific accuracy. The movie has received numerous prizes and honors including the 2016 Best Educational Production Award of the International Planetarium Society and the 2017 Best Full Feature Film and Best 3D Show of the Immersive Film Festival in Portugal.

Professor Ooguri will explain the science behind the movie, which will take us from the microscopic world of elementary particles to the macroscopic world of the universe, and to its beginning - the Big Bang.

After the talk by Professor Ooguri, we will show the 25-minute movie "The Man from the 9 Dimensions". Watch the trailer here.

Event held in English and with the generous support of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.


  • 19:00–   19:00
    Doors open for cocktails
  • 19:30–   20:15
    Music concert by Akton & Nørgaard
  • 20:45–   21:15
    Talk by Hirosi Ooguri
  • 21:15–   21:40
    Film screening of The Man from the 9 Dimensions
  • 21:40–   22:00
    Q&A with Hirosi Ooguri
  • 22:00–   23:30

Talk by

Hirosi Ooguri

After completing his graduate studies in two years, Ooguri became a tenured faculty member of the University of Tokyo in 1986. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Chicago before receiving his Ph.D. in 1989. After four years as an associate professor at Kyoto University, he returned to the United States in 1994 as a full professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000, Ooguri moved to Caltech, where he is the inaugural holder of the Fred Kavli Chair. From 2010 to 2015, Ooguri served as the Deputy Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy (equivalent to a vice dean of physical sciences). He led the establishment of the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2014, and has since served as its Founding Director. Ooguri was a Founding Principal Investigator of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, and served as its Director from 2018 to 2023. The University of Tokyo honored him with the title of University Professor in 2024. Ooguri was a General Member of the Aspen Center for Physics for twenty years, serving as the Scientific Secretary, a Trustee, and the President. He has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2021. He was elected an Honorary Trustee for Life in 2023.

Ooguri has received the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, the Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics from the American Mathematical Society, the Simons Investigator Award from the Simons Foundation, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Hamburg Prize and the Humboldt Research Award in Germany, the Benjamin Lee Distinguished Professorship in Korea, and the Nishina Memorial Prize and the Chunichi Cultural Award in Japan. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Mathematical Society. Ooguri's popular science books have sold over 300,000 copies in Japan, and one of them won the Kodansha Prize for Science Books. He also supervised a science movie, which was selected for the Best Educational Production Award from the International Planetarium Society and has been translated into six languages.

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Film screening

The Man from the 9 Dimensions

Movie on the "Theory of Everything"; the ultimate goal of physics to describe all natural phenomena by a single, consistent theory. Physics is in crisis. Our understandings of the microscopic world of elementary particles and of the macroscopic world of the universe are in contradiction. Scientists are striving to resolve the contradictions and construct the Theory of Everything. Be ready to be surprised by the new world of vibrating strings and hidden dimensions predicted by the most promising hypothesis, the Superstring Theory.

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Music by

Akton & Nørgaard

In these years, the jazz genre is undergoing yet another transformation, led by brave musicians who let expressions merge with inspiration from, among others, hip-hop and uptempo electronic music. One of the standard-bearers on the scene here at home is producer/musician Jesper (Akton) Koblauch, who on the album Entirely / Gradually has teamed up with the renowned drummer Terkel Nørgaard on a whirling, poetic journey through classic jazz, beat music and house. Entirely / Gradually is the result of a chance meeting in the Palmspree record store in Copenhagen, and three years of subsequent concentrated work in Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Super Bad Disco & Pasteelo Records have been responsible for publishing the music, which has been in rotation on P8 Jazz. The album was named one of the "Best Danish Jazz Releases of 2023" by Niels Overgård from Jazznyt with the reasoning "It is original and insanely well organized. I can't name any other Danish records that remind me of this well-crafted meeting between instrumental hip hop and jazz .Is it one of the records of the year? YES!”. On the record, Halvcirkel participates with two string parts and Magnus Wiinblad on flute, saxophone and clarinet. Lars Fiil and Casper Nyvang Rask participate on Wurlitzer piano and electric bass respectively, and they will also be on stage at Science & Cocktails, when the quartet plays the music from Entirely / Gradually as well as new compositions live.

Photo by Rasmus Nyboe

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