Robbert Dijkgraaf and Edward Witten in Conversation

The Universe Speaks in Numbers: Robbert Dijkgraaf and Edward Witten in Conversation

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director and Leon Levy Professor IAS; Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor, School of Natural Sciences IAS
Institute for Advanced Study
May 29, 2019
The Universe Speaks in Numbers
Physics and mathematics seem to be in a pre-established harmony, as Gottfried Leibniz observed long ago. New ideas generated by mathematical researchers have often proved to be essential to physicists trying to discover the most basic laws of nature. Likewise, physicists have often generated new insights into advanced mathematics. This event explores the astonishingly productive relationship between physics and mathematics and explores whether these disciplines might one day unify, perhaps leading to a giant structure that encompasses all the laws that describe the underlying workings of the universe.