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Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter

Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Cubberly Auditorium, School of Education
Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf (Institute for Advanced Study)
Abstract / Description: 

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.


Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and Leon Levy Professor since 2012, is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education.