|About the Series|
The William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute is proud to host the 10th Annual Misel Family Lecture. This lecture is free and open to the public. If you have further questions regarding the lecture please contact us at ftpi AT physics.umn.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!
SPEAKER: Joseph Polchinski, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
WHERE: McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Refreshments will be served afterward in the McNamara Atrium
Couldn't make it to the lecture? Click HERE to stream the archived video.
SPACETIME VERSUS THE QUANTUM
ABSTRACT: I will talk about the search for a unified theory of the laws of physics including quantum mechanics, which governs the very small, and general relativity, which governs the very large. Stephen Hawking showed 40 years ago that these theories make conflicting predictions near black holes. This ignited a battle that continues to this day: either quantum mechanics must break down, or our understanding of spacetime must be wrong. The latest wrinkle is the `firewall' paradox: if quantum mechanics is to be saved, then an astronaut falling into a black hole will have an experience very different from what Einstein's theory predicts. This has led to many new ideas that may lead to the unification of these two great theories.
Click HERE for more information about Professor Polchinski
Professor Polchinski will also give the FTPI Theory Seminar on Friday, September 11, 2015
at 2:00 p.m in PAN 110.