Cosmology: Recent Results and Future Prospects

Matias Zaldarriaga, Professor, School of Natural Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study
September 24, 2010

In this talk, Professor Matias Zaldarriaga discusses the development of the modern study of cosmology, beginning with the discovery of the expansion of the Universe by Edwin Hubble, through current efforts to map the cosmic microwave background, test ideas about the initial conditions of the Universe, and explain the accelerated expansion of the Universe.

Quanta, Symmetry, and Topology

Frank Wilczek
Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
September 24, 2010

Quantum theory radically transforms our fundamental understanding of physical reality. It reveals that the world contains a hidden richness of  structure that we have barely begun to control and exploit. In this lecture, Frank Wilczek indicates the extraordinary potential ofquantum engineering (the size and nature of Hilbert space); reviews one important ongoing effort to harness it (topological quantum computing); and speculates on its ultimate prospects (quantum minds).

This lecture was part of the Institute for Advanced Study’s celebration of its eightieth anniversary, and took place during the events related to the Schools of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.