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Sir Michael Atiyah Interview

Sir Michael Atiyah, celebrated mathematician and Retired and Honorary Professor of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, visited the Simons Center for two months in the Fall of 2011. During that visit the Center arranged a conversation between Sir Michael, Nigel Hitchin, Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University, Robion Kirby, Professor of Mathematics at […]

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Brian Greene on the Status of String Theory

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato Brian Greene is “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today,” according to the Washington Post. He is the co-director of the Center for Strings, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics at Columbia University. In his latest book “The hidden reality,” he brings the reader on a journey through the parallel […]

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Neuromorphic Networks

Inteviewer Luca Mazzucato An interview with Konstantin Likharev. He joined the Stony Brook Physics Department in 1991, after a long and successful career at Moscow State University. He is a pioneer in nano-electronics and the developer of CrossNets, a new kind of chip that could change the way we think about computers. In recent years, […]

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holographic gravity

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   An interview with Rajesh Gopakumar. He got his PhD from Princeton, under the supervision of David Gross, and he is now at the Harish-Chandra Institute for Theoretical Physics in Allahabad, India. Gravity is not what it used to be: a new paradigm is emerging for understanding the insidious facets of quantum […]

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the dark side of the force

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   An interview with Itay Yavin. The Israeli physicist, now at McMaster University in Canada, obtained his PhD at Harvard under the supervision of Nima Arkani-Hamed. He is a leading expert in physics beyond the Standard Model and dark matter. Four-fifths of all the matter in the Universe has never been observed: […]

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what’s in a name? a century of physics

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   An interview with C.N. Yang. A long-time member of Stony Brook University, Yang received the Nobel Prize in 1957 for his discovery of parity violation, together with T.D. Lee. In 1966 Yang founded the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook, that now bears his name. While living in Beijing nowadays, […]

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quantum gravity is a magnet

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   News from the March 2011 workshop on “Higher Spins and Holography” at SCGP, organized by Michael Douglas, Shlomo Razamat and the author. We used to believe that string theory was a crucial element in studying quantum gravity through the holographic principle. Surprising theoretical discoveries show that quantum gravity may come with […]

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ed witten’s take on string theory

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   An interview with Ed Witten. Witten, at the Institute for Advanced Study, is the father of M-theory and his papers shape the way we understand theoretical physics today. From history to politics, and then to string theory: the academic trajectory of the most famous string theorist is not what you expect. […]

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geometry and islamic art

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   Why is a scholar of Islamic art attending a conference of string theorists? Both disciplines describe geometry, but only one of them makes use of the amazing technique of animated calligraphy. Keep reading if you want to find out which one… Valerie Gonzalez works at the Institute for the Study of […]

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entropic gravity

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   An interview with Erik Verlinde. The Dutch physicist, now at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam, was recently awarded the $2.5 million Spinoza Prize for his recent idea on entropic gravity. We sat down with him after a colloquium at RenTec, the hedge fund based in Setauket. A new […]

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