Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor, will give a public lecture, "Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter," at Stanford University on October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Abstract: Many mathematical concepts trace their origins to everyday experience, from astronomy to mechanics. Remarkably ideas from quantum theory turn out to carry tremendous mathematical power too, even though we have little intuition dealing with elementary particles. The bizarre quantum world not only represents a more fundamental description of nature, it also inspires a new realm of mathematics that might be called "quantum mathematics" that turns out to be a powerful tool to solve deep outstanding mathematical problems. Similarly, new mathematical ideas address some of the most fundamental questions in physics, such as the Big Bang, black holes, and the ultimate fate of space, time and matter.
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