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Sphere Packing and the Conformal Bootstrap: December 14-18, 2020

Organized by Henry Cohn, Thomas Hartman, Dalimil Mazac, and Leonardo Rastelli

This workshop will assemble a group of mathematicians and physicists with diverse expertise to explore a new intriguing connection between discrete geometry and quantum field theory. This connection arises from a recent realization that certain powerful linear programming bounds on sphere packings have a natural interpretation in the language of the conformal bootstrap, and thereby are closely related to novel constraints on theories of quantum gravity.