Quantum Theory

Stephen Adler , Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, spoke to science writers contributing to Scientific American and New Scientist about testing models that seek to explain quantum measurement by subtly modifying quantum mechanics––a field in which he has been active for...
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...
Scott Aaronson , former Member in the School of Mathematics, discusses the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, common misconceptions, and fundamental science with Craig Cannon of Y Combinator. Listen to the podcast here .
Nima Arkani-Hamed , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, delivered the public lecture “The End of Spacetime” at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, on June 19. Watch Arkani-Hamed discuss the union of quantum mechanics and gravity, prospects for spacetime, and...
Philip Perry of Big Think asks, "What's our position in the universe?" Referencing the work of Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, and former Members in the School Daniel Louis Jafferis , Leonard Susskind...
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 ...
“When you have dualities, things that are easy to see in one description can be hard to see in the other description. So you and I, for example, are fairly simple to describe in the usual approach to physics as developed by Newton and his...
Reductionism breaks the world into elementary building blocks. Emergence finds the simple laws that arise out of complexity. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, explores how these two complementary ways of viewing the universe come together in modern theories of quantum gravity.
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...
The mathematics section of the National Academy of Sciences lists 104 members. Just four are women. As recently as June, that number was six. Marina Ratner and Maryam Mirzakhani could not have been more different, in personality and in background. . . . Dr. Maryam...
Grand ideas have a way of turning up in unusual settings, far from an office or a chalkboard. Months ago, Quanta Magazine set out to photograph some of the world’s most accomplished scientists and mathematicians, including Eva Silverstein , former Member in...
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...