A Different Kind of Theory of Everything
Writing for the New Yorker, Director's Visitor (2017) Natalie Wolchover discusses the puzzles and paradoxes of contemporary science that point to "the need to reformulate the theories of modern physics in a new mathematical language," highlighting the work of Professor in the School of Natural Sciences Nima Arkani-Hamed.
Wolchover writes, "Arkani-Hamed now sees the ultimate goal of physics as figuring out the mathematical question from which all the answers flow. 'The ascension to the tenth level of intellectual heaven,' he told me, 'would be if we find the question to which the universe is the answer, and the nature of that question in and of itself explains why it was possible to describe it in so many different ways.' It’s as though physics has been turned inside out. It now appears that the answers already surround us. It’s the question we don’t know."
Read more at the New Yorker.