Quantum Mechanics

Professor Nathan Seiberg sat down with Sandhya Ramesh at an event organised by the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences for an interview for the Wire to discuss string theory, experimental evidence, quantum field theory, and more. Read the interview at the ...
Physicist Paul Halpern explores the role played by John Archibald Wheeler , former Member in the School of Mathematics/Natural Sciences, in the relationship between former Professor Albert Einstein and former Member Niels Bohr and their debates surrounding quantum mechanics, writing:...
Recent findings on traversable wormholes by physicists including former Members Daniel Jafferis and Aron Wall inspired by the ER = EPR conjecture posed by Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and Leonard...
Robbert Dijkgraaf
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, has joined world-leading writers and thinkers to launch the third series of Hay Levels masterclasses, an inspiring, free series of educational videos from the Hay Literary Festival in which experts from a range of disciplines offer inspiration to...
In 2007, Professor Emeritus Stephen Adler predicted that the level of jitter from wave function collapse would be large enough to spot. The results of a new experiment are consistent with this prediction, possibly providing hints about how the wave function of a...
Robbert Dijkgraaf , Institute Director and Leon Levy Professor, discusses the complex relationship between mathematics and physics with Brady Haran of Numberphile during the 2017 National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. Dijkgraaf examines the differences between the fields, their powerful connection fostered by the...
The conflict between the two halves of physics has been brewing for more than a century—sparked by a pair of 1905 papers by Einstein , one outlining relativity and the other introducing the quantum—but recently it has entered an intriguing, unpredictable new phase. Two...
Perhaps the most fundamental philosophical question that you can ask in science is: "Why are we here?" To understand the universe, we have to bring together the two key ideas that are governing modern physics. On the one hand, we have Einstein’s theory of...
In this month's "Quantized Column," Robbert Dijkgraaf , Director and Leon Levy Professor, explores the possibility of developing a new realm of mathematics in order to fully understand the quantum world. Mathematics might be more of an environmental science than we realize. Even though...
In this month's "Quantized Column," Quanta Magazine 's series in which top researchers explore the process of discovery, Frank Wilczek , Professor (1989–2000) and Member (1977–78) in the School of Natural Sciences and Nobel Laureate in Physics (2004), investigates and describes a new class...
On April 14, 1954, Albert Einstein , one of the Institute's first Faculty members (1933–55), gave the last lecture of his life. Speaking to physics students at Princeton University, he remarked that although quantum mechanics works, “it is difficult to believe that this description...
Steven Weinberg discusses how the development of quantum mechanics in the first decades of the twentieth century came as a shock to many physicists. Today, despite the great successes of quantum mechanics, arguments continue about its meaning, and its future. Read more...