‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ Britto podcast


Collisions between fundamental particles – each with neither shape nor size – are one step up from nothingness. Over the past decade or so, theoreticians have studied them intensely, ….

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‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Susskind podcast


Black holes have become one of the liveliest areas of research into theoretical physics. By thinking about these cosmic objects, using quantum theory and relativity, theorists are clarifying our understanding of information, gravity and the other fundamental forces of nature. Stanford University’s Lenny Susskind is one of the leaders in this field.

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‘Universe Speaks in Numbers’ Interviews now a Podcast

Interviews with over a dozen leading physicists and mathematicians are now available as a podcast on iTunes and other platforms.

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‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Interviews to become a podcast

Following hundreds of requests, Graham’s interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians will be available as a podcast.

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‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Interview 14


Soon after the Second String Theory Revolution, which began in 1995, membranes became widely acknowledged to be a crucial part of our understanding of the inner workings of Nature. Graham’s guest in this edition is the membrane pioneer Michael Duff.

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‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Interview 13


‘The most perfect microscopic structures in the known universe’ – that is the exquisite description of sub-nuclear scattering amplitudes given by theorist Lance Dixon, based at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in California.

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‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Interview 12


The Dutchman Robbert Dijkgraaf is a rarity – not only is he a top-class mathematical physicist, he is also one of the world’s finest science communicators. In this bracing interview with Graham, Dijkgraaf lucidly describes the state of modern fundamental physics and the continually surprising – and extraordinarily productive – symbiosis between this science and modern mathematics.

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‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Interview 11


Physics and mathematics seem to be in ‘pre-established harmony’, a phrase that has long been popular with physicists and mathematicians working at the subjects’ interface. Greg Moore, based at Rutgers University, has discovered many surprising new relationships between quantum field theories and the string framework and concepts in contemporary mathematics.

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‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Interview 10


Freeman Dyson talking about his being both a theoretical physicist and a mathematician, the troubled relationship between mathematics and physics in his youth, the impressive physicist he knew (no, it’s not Feynman) and string theory.

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The Universe speaks in Princeton and Harvard

Published in North America on 28 May, The Universe Speaks in Numbers was launched twice – at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and at Harvard University. The two events were quite different but equally successful.

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