Summer Student Lecture Programme Seminar

String Theory: Has Einstein's dream come true?

by Veneziano, G (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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After having outlined the difficulties that Einstein and others have encountered in trying to unify our understanding of macroscopic/classical and microscopic /quantum physics, I will explain in simple terms how the latest particle theory revolution, string theory, may finally offer a surprisingly simple realization of these long-standing dreams. Einstein thought that his difficulties stemmed from a clash between the classical and the quantum. Yet, paradoxically, superstrings appear to realize his dream thanks to -and not against- quantum mechanics.

Organiser(s): HR-RFA

Note: Some knowledge of quantum mechanics and special relativity is needed. Having followed previous courses of the school should provide a sufficient background.
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