Quantum Theory

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 ...
It is as if the scientific disciplines are formed in strata, like the geological layers on display in the Grand Canyon. Moving from one layer to another, we see examples of emergence and reductionism, these two overarching organizing principles of modern science. Zooming out, we...
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...
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 Juan Maldacena , Carl P. Feinberg...
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...
Proving the Riemann hypothesis remains arguably the most important unsolved problem in pure mathematics—one whose solution would fetch a $1 million Millennium Prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute. Conversely, as the number theorist Enrico Bombieri , Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematics, wrote...