Juan Maldacena

"Natalie Paquette spends her time thinking about how to grow an extra dimension. Start with little circles, scattered across every point in space and time—a curlicue dimension, looped back onto itself. Then shrink those circles down, smaller and smaller, tightening the loop, until a curious transformation occurs: the dimension stops seeming tiny and instead becomes enormous, like when you realize something that looks small and nearby is actually huge and distant."

The Strings 2021 conference, convening international experts and researchers to discuss string theory, takes place June 21–July 2, 2021, in São Paulo, Brazil. The annual international Strings conferences, which have been held every year since 1995...

[Updated March 23, 2021]

Wormholes are spacetime connections between distant spacetime regions. While some have speculated that they could be used to travel faster than light, our current understanding of general relativity and quantum matter...