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Richard N. Merkin Public Lecture

Friday, April 19, 2024
5:15pm to 6:15pm
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East Bridge 201 (Richard P. Feynman Lecture Hall)
Puzzles to Unravel the Universe
Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University,
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Title:  Puzzles to Unravel the Universe

Abstract: Beneath all of the complex and formidable mathematical structures that formulate physical laws rest simple but deep nuggets of truth. It is these simple truths, and not the complicated technical details, that scientists strive for when uncovering the laws of nature. Fortunately, these core ideas can often be illustrated with simple mathematical puzzles. In this talk I discuss examples of these simple mathematical puzzles and show how they can shed light on some of the deepest concepts in physics.  Audience will be asked to participate in solving the puzzles during the talk!  (based on my book ``Puzzles to Unravel the Universe'' which is designed for the general public, and does not require extensive background in mathematics or physics—just a sense of curiosity!)

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