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Splitting the Indivisible

By Charles L. KaneChristopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Physics University of Pennsylvania Matter can arrange itself in the most ingenious ways. In addition to the solid, liquid and gas phases that are familiar in classical physics, electronic phases of matter with both useful and exotic properties are made possible by quantum mechanics. In the […]

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Quintessentially Science Fiction. An Interview with Eugenio Calabi, Hosted by Claude LeBrun, on Behalf of the Simons Center.

Click HERE to watch the video In July 2019, on behalf of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Claude LeBrun, Stony Brook Mathematics Department, conducted an interview with Eugenio Calabi at the University of Pennsylvania Mathematics Department. Calabi is of course primarily famous for his pioneering work on Calabi-Yau manifolds, a class of solutions […]

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Pondering a Miracle

By Graham Farmelo Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, U.K.Adjunct Professor of Physics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Miracle of miracles—that’s how the great physicist Frank Yang described the discovery that some of the beautiful structures of modern mathematics precisely describe our universe’s underlying order. This link between the concrete world of physics and the abstractions […]

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A Unity of Knowledge

Conversation with Spenta R. Wadia Interview by Lorraine Walsh Spenta R. Wadia is Founding Director and Infosys Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at the International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS) of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore, India. His main research interests are in elementary particle physics, string theory and quantum gravity. His other […]

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Spacetime and Quantum Mechanics

By Juan Maldacena Carl P. Feinberg Professor, School of Natural Sciences Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ Photo: Jean-Francois Dars Juan Maldacena is Carl P. Feinberg Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. After receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1996, Juan Maldacena became associate professor of physics at Harvard in 1997. In […]

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What is Geometry?

Geometry, from the ancient Greek geo (earth) and metron (measurement), is often considered a universal quality in human thinking. In fact, this idea of an innate ability to “know” geometry dates back to Plato. In the dialogue Meno, written about 380 BC by Plato, the philosopher Socrates draws out an accurate answer to a geometric […]

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VISUALIZING THE BRAIN: EARLY IMAGING

Carl Schoonover’s acclaimed book Portraits of the Mind is a fascinating visual odyssey exploring how we investigate the workings of the human brain through images—from medieval sketches and 19th century drawings by the founder of neuroscience, to state-of-the-art techniques that fuel research today. Schoonover is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Axel Laboratory at Columbia […]

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TIMELESS AND BORDERLESS ADVENTURE: Conversation with Cumrun Vafa

Professor of Physics, Harvard University Chairman of the SCGP Board of Trustees Interview by Maria Shtilmark   The recipients of the 2017 Breakthrough Prizes were announced on December 4th, 2016, marking the organization’s fifth anniversary recognizing top achievements in Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics. Dr. Cumrun Vafa, along with Drs. Joseph Polchinski and Andrew […]

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MULTI-FACETED SUCCESS: Conversation with Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith

Director of Energy Research, Oxford University President SESAME Council Interview by Maria Shtilmark Thank you so much for the fantastic talks you gave at the Simons Center. The Della Pietra lecture  series has also hosted David Gross, with whom you have written your article “High Energy Neutrino-Nucleon Scattering, Current Algebra and Partons,”[1] which resulted in […]

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