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The Frontiers of Fundamental Physics
Nathan Seiberg (Institute for Advanced Study)
In recent decades, physicists and astronomers have discovered two beautiful Standard Models, one for the quantum world of extremely short distances, and one for the universe as a whole. Both models have had spectacular success, but there are also strong arguments for new physics beyond these models. In this lecture, Seiberg will review these models, their successes and their shortfalls. He will describe how experiments in the near future could point to new physics suggesting a profound conceptual revolution, which could change our view of the world.
Nathan Seiberg is a theoretical physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. His work focuses on diverse aspects of string theory, quantum field theory, condensed matter physics, and particle physics, with surprising applications and unexpected insights in physics and mathematics. He has received many awards including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member in the National Academy of Sciences.