New Scientist: Inside the tangled world of string theory.


An interesting conversation with Edward Witten on string theory – my exposure to String Theory is primarily limited to Brian Greene’s entertaining NOVA programs on PBS:

This year Witten is in Europe, on sabbatical at the CERN particle physics lab near Geneva in Switzerland, where the mathematical foundations of reality are about to be rocked by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). As it happened, he turned up on the day last September that the LHC switched on. “Ed’s very active, so it’s great to have him around,” says Luis Alvarez-Gaume, head of CERN’s theory department. “He’s a genius, it’s as simple as that.”

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