Natalie Wolchover, Senior Writer, Quanta Magazine; Karen Uhlenbeck, Visiting Professor, School of Mathematics IAS; Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Sciences IAS
May 29, 2019
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.