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

with Cumrun Vafa | 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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Accelerate, Collide, Detect

with Barry Barish | Nobel Laureate | Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Caltech

Particle physics is a vibrant field entering into a period of profound discoveries. Nobel Laureate Barry Barish explores particle physics and examines the future of particle accelerators for pushing the limits of physics.

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Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang

with Paul Steinhardt | Physicist | Professor of Physics, Princeton University

Paul Steinhardt is one of the biggest critics of the inflationary model. He claims that inflation is "immune" to experiment and discusses a radical alternative to this long-standing paradigm.

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From Chemistry to Life

with Dimitar Sasselov

To look for evidence of life on other planets, we have to adapt what we know about chemistry on Earth to aid our search. Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov explains how we can use what we already know to search for alien life.

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History and Mysteries of The Universe

with Max Tegmark | Physicist, AI Researcher | Professor of Physics, MIT

Max Tegmark, cosmologist and Professor of Physics at MIT, delivers a comprehensive look at the study of our universe, examining both the origin of our cosmos and the infinite questions waiting to be answered.

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How Do Biology Processes Differ From Those of Physics?

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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Inflationary Cosmology

with Alan Guth | Cosmologist | Professor of Physics, MIT

Breakthrough Prize winner Alan Guth developed the theory of inflation to answer to our cosmic origins. It's one of the most studied and debated theories in cosmology, with research propelling Guth’s work to the forefront of scientific conversation.

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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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Mathematics, The Language of Nature

with Edward Frenkel | Mathematician | Professor of Mathematics, UC Berkeley

Mathematician Edward Frenkel takes a look at the elegant formalism of mathematics, discussing the Langlands program and the ideas of mathematical unification through symmetry.

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New Ideas About Dark Matter

with Justin Khoury | Physicist | Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania

Join Justin Khoury as he takes you to the interface of particle physics and dark matter cosmology in search of answers to one of physics' biggest mysteries.

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The Black Hole Information Paradox

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

String theorist Samir Mathur has been working for years to resolve the conflict arising from the quantum nature of black holes. He also has a radical solution to the so-called information paradox.

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The Edges of the Universe

with Andrew Strominger | Physicist | Professor of Physics, Harvard University

Breakthrough Prize winner Andrew Strominger and world-renowned string theorist Cumrun Vafa famously worked on the microstates of black holes. Join Strominger for an overview of our scientific progress in understanding the fundamental laws of nature.

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The History of the Universe: A Work in Progress

with Matias Zaldarriaga | Physicist, MacArthur Fellow | 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 Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy

with Andrea Ghez | Astrophysicist, MacArthur Fellow | Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA

Astrophysicist Andrea Ghez explains how supermassive black holes warp space time and the role they play in the formation and evolution of our galaxy.

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The Past and Future of Unification: Robbert Dijkgraaf

with Robbert Dijkgraaf | Mathematical Physicist | Director, Institute for Advanced Study

A history of the unification theories and the connection between the very big and infinitesimally small.

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Universe or Multiverse?

with Andrei Linde | Cosmologist | Professor of Physics, Stanford University

Theoretical physicist and Kavli Prize winner Andrei Linde was responsible for proposing the ideas of an inflationary multiverse and eternal inflation. Join Linde’s course on the evolution of these ideas and what the future of cosmology holds.

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