‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’ – Interview 1 continued


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.’ Nima explains why he believes this research is so rewarding and may even help theorists to discover a new understanding of space and time.

This is one of twenty interviews given by world-class experts to Graham on some of the themes he explores in his new book The Universe Speaks in Numbers. A new interview will be posted weekly.

Among the other interviewees are Michael Atiyah, Ruth Britto, Simon Donaldson, Freeman Dyson, Juan Maldacena, Michaela Massimi, Roger Penrose, Martin Rees, Simon Schaffer, Lenny Susskind and Edward Witten.

Universe Speaks book cover
Published on 2 May in the U.K., 28 May in US and Canada