Universe Speaks in Numbers

‘UNIVERSE SPEAKS’ 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

MICHAEL DUFF

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

LANCE DIXON

‘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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Lance Dixon with blackboard behind him

‘THE UNIVERSE SPEAKS IN NUMBERS’ – INTERVIEW 12

ROBBERT DIJKGRAAF

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

GREG MOORE

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

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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Freman Dyson sitting in his office

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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‘THE UNIVERSE SPEAKS IN NUMBERS’ – INTERVIEW 9

MICHELA MASSIMI

What do philosophers of physics do, and what light might they shed on the work of today’s physicists and astronomers? Michela Massimi, a distinguished philosopher of science at the University of Edinburgh, discusses these and other matters with Graham in this lively interview.

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‘THE UNIVERSE SPEAKS IN NUMBERS’ – INTERVIEW 1 continued

NIMA ARKANI-HAMED

This is the second part of Graham’s interview with Nima Arkani-Hamed, recorded at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Here, Nima is in brilliant form as he recalls how he fell in love with scattering amplitudes – aptly described by the theoretician Lance Dixon as ‘the most perfect microscopic structures in the known universe.’

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‘THE UNIVERSE SPEAKS IN NUMBERS’ – INTERVIEW 6

MICHAEL GREEN

Michael Green is one of the pioneers of the string framework. In collaboration with the Caltech theorist John Schwarz, he made a crucial breakthrough that led in 1984 to the what became known as the First String Revolution.

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