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Simons Center Workshop on Differential Cohomology January 10, 2011- January 14, 2011

Monday, January 10 9:30-10:30 Dan Freed,  “Lecture #1 of Minicourse, “Some Uses of Differential Cohomology and Twisted K-Theory in Quantum Field Theory and String Theory” [video] 10:30-11:00  Coffee Break 11:00-12:00 Mike Hopkins, “Differential Cohomology for General Cohomology Theories and One Physical Motivation” [video] 12:00-3:00 Lunch Break 3:00-4:00 Jim Simons, “Roots of Differential Characters, The Characteristic Diagram and […]

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. […]

Building Inauguration Conference

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Building Inauguration Conference Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:00 am    Sir Michael Atiyah, University of Edinburgh From Algebraic Geometry to Physics – a Personal Perspective [video] 10:00 am  Coffee Break, Atrium, 1st Floor 10:45 am  Alexander Polyakov, Princeton University [video] 11:45 am  Lunch 2:00 pm   Andrei Okounkov, Princeton University and Columbia […]

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 […]

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 […]

the axiverse

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   An interview with Sergei Dubovsky. The Russian physicist, now at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at NYU, is an expert in physics beyond the Standard Model. He is a strong advocate of the Multiverse scenario of String Theory. A strange universe populated by exotic particles called “axions”, that make […]

the formula of love

Interviewer Luca Mazzucato   An interview with Edward Frenkel. After leaving Russia, Frenkel obtained his PhD at Harvard University and he is now at Berkeley. His famous work on affine algebras led to the recent breakthroughs in the Geometric Langlands program and its relation to quantum field theory. To hide it from the forces of […]