Edward Witten

Approximately 166 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from 76 different institutions, representing 21 countries, will participate in “From Qubits to Spacetime,” the theme of Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) 2018, an intensive two-week summer program of the Institute for Advanced Study to be held July...
The Strings 2018 conference, which convened international experts and researchers to discuss string theory, took place from June 25–29, 2018, in Okinawa, Japan. The annual international Strings conferences, which have been held every year since 1995, are focal points in the field, with scientists from...
“Trying to understand Hawking’s discovery better has been a source of much fresh thinking for almost 40 years now, and we are probably still far from fully coming to grips with it. It still feels new,” said Edward Witten , Charles Simonyi Professor in...
“It’s not easy being a 'theory of everything.' A TOE has the very tough job of fitting gravity into the quantum laws of nature in such a way that, on large scales, gravity looks like curves in the fabric of space-time, as Albert Einstein described...
Edward Witten , Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, reflects on the meaning of dualities in physics and math, emergent space-time, and the pursuit of a complete description of nature with Quanta's Natalie Wolchover . Read more at Quanta...
In the past decade, physicists have found that topology provides unique insight into the physics of materials, such as how some insulators can sneakily conduct electricity along a single-atom layer on their surfaces. Some of these topological effects were uncovered in the 1980s, but only...
The project is called SESAME — as in “Open, Sesame!” — and it is an acronym for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. The machine functions a bit like an X-ray. About 50 of these “light sources” exist around the world,...
In this video, Edward Witten , Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Laureate (2012) and Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, discusses string theory and the need in physics to reconcile quantum theory, used for small things like atoms and subatomic particles,...
Edward Witten
Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded the Albert Einstein World Award of Science 2016 from the World Cultural Council . Witten received this award for his visionary research across physics and mathematics, leading to a...