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A Beautiful Universe: Black Holes, String Theory, and the Laws o...

with Cumrun Vafa | Breakthrough Prize Winner, Physicist | Professor of Mathematicks and Natural Philosophy, Harvard University

Through the use of puzzles, Breakthrough Prize winner Cumrun Vafa explores the mathematical underpinnings of some of the fundamental laws of nature, and explains how to appreciate their beauty.

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How Biology and Physics Processes Differ

with George Ellis | Cosmologist | Professor Emeritus, Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town

This course explores the difference between physical laws and biological properties. Through a number of examples, the course shows the difference between physics and biology results from a modular hierarchy of structure and causation.

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Illuminating the Mysteries of Black Holes

with Shep Doeleman | Astronomer | Founding Director, Event Horizon Telescope Project

Breakthrough Prize winner Shep Doeleman and the EHT Team produced the first photograph of a black hole, confirming Einstein’s theory of relativity. Discover the latest research on black holes and insights from theory and imaging.

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Life as the Next Frontier in Physics

with Sara Walker | Astrobiologist | Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Astrobiologist Sara Walker challenges our understanding of life and how we might search for life in the universe, especially when our theories of nature can explain much more about the atoms in our bodies than they can explain us as a living system.

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Loop Quantum Gravity

with Carlo Rovelli | Theoretical Physicist | Director, Quantum Gravity Group, Center for Theoretical Physics

Carlo Rovelli is the discoverer of a theory that attempts to bridge the divide between quantum mechanics and general relativity. Join him as he gives a detailed overview of loop quantum gravity.

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The Black Hole Information Paradox

with Samir Mathur | Physicist | Professor of Physics, The Ohio State University

String theorist Samir Mathur has been working for years to resolve the apparent violation of conservation of information that arises from the quantum nature of black holes. He has developed a radical solution to the so-called information paradox.

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The Challenging Search for Elusive Dark Matter

with Katherine Freese | Cosmologist | Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Austin

Astrophysicist Katherine Freese explores the origins and composition of our universe, a quarter of which is thought to be comprised of dark matter, and how scientists are searching for the elusive particles that might comprise dark matter.

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The Edges of the Universe

with Andrew Strominger | Breakthrough Prize Winner, Physicist | Professor of Physics, Harvard University

Breakthrough Prize winner Andrew Strominger and string theorist Cumrun Vafa formulated the origin of black hole entropy. Join Strominger for an overview of how string theory has allowed us to understand how, and where, black holes store information.

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The Emergence of Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity

with Gerard ’t Hooft | 1999 Nobel Laureate, Theoretical Physicist | Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Physics, Utrecht University

Nobel Laureate physicist Gerard ’t Hooft explores how seemingly simple yet tremendously deep physical laws and rules govern our universe and, collectively, give rise to quantum mechanics and general relativity.

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The History of the Universe: A Work in Progress

with Matias Zaldarriaga | MacArthur Fellow, Physicist | Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

Physicist Matias Zaldarriaga discusses the status of the quest to reconstruct the history of our Universe from fossils and reports on what we might expect to learn from the next generation of cosmological observations.

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The Past and Future of Unification

with Robbert Dijkgraaf | Mathematical Physicist | Director and Leon Levy Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

Scientists have worked to unify different fields into an all-encompassing description of the universe. Theoretical physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf discusses string theory, quantum gravity, and efforts to unify quantum mechanics with general relativity.

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