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Education & Outreach

University Teaching:

Ooguri has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including quantum mechanics, statistical physics, mathematical methods in physics, group theory, probability & statistics, geometry & topology, quantum field theory, and general relativity.

In 1999, he was voted as one of best instructors by graduating seniors at the University of California at Berkeley.


Public Outreach Activities:

Caltech Interview on Science Communication

Ooguri has published 6 popular science books in Japanese, and over 250,000 copies have been sold. They have been translated into Chinese and Korean. In particular, his "Introduction to Superstring Theory" was awarded the 2014 Kodansha Prize for Science Books, Japan's only major prize for science books.

Ooguri was a scientific adviser for "The Man from the 9 Dimensions,"a 3D dome theater movie, which received the 2016 Best Educational Production Award from the International Planetarium Society.

   Trailer of "The Man From the 9 Dimensions"


Ooguri has given several outreach lectures:

   Public Lecture at Collège de France, Paris (2 July 2016)


He has also given over 30 outreach lectures in Japan, including:

  • TEDxUTokyo (6 July 2012).
  • RIKEN Annual Assembly (9 February 2012).
  • Numerous lectures for middle school and high school students.
  • Lectures at the Heisei Foundation for Basic Science (29 September 2013).
  • Public Lecture to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Blue Backs popular science series by Kodansha (8 September 2013).
  • Public Lecture at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, on the occasion of its special exhibition, "Antigravity" (22 September 2013).
  • Public Lecture at the Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo (27 October 2012).
  • Public Lecture at KEK (18 December 2013).

A complete list of outreach lectures in Japan can be found here (in Japanese).


 Ooguri was an advisor to the TV program of NHK, the public broadcasting cooporation in Japan, on superstring theory. He was also an advisor to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation to produce a 3D dome theater movie on superstring theory.