Mathematical Beauty and Truth in Physics. Hirzebruch Lecture 2015 by Arthur Jaffe

Speaker: Arthur Jaffe
Affiliation: Harvard
Date: Tue, 2015-10-13 18:30 - 19:30
Location: University Club Bonn
Homepage: MPIM

Aesthetic values, commonly accepted in mathematics and the arts, provide a central point of view in thinking about the natural world. History illustrates how nature provides wonderful examples of this philosophy. How does mathematical beauty mesh with our current view of truth in physics?

Arthur M. Jaffe is the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University. His major research focuses on understanding quantum theory and the mathematics that it inspires. He has served as president of the American Mathematical Society. He also guided the conception of the Clay Mathematics Institute, including the “Millennium Prize Problems in Mathematics.”