Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2004 Nobel Laureate; Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics Frank Wilczek
Wednesday October 24, 2012
Refreshments are served at 4:00 p.m. in Physics room 242
Does the world embody beautiful concepts? Mystics and philosophers long imagined that it should, and scientists gathered hints that it does, but it is really only in the twentieth century, with the development of quantum theory, that the answer emerged as a triumphant "Yes!" I'll narrate the rich intellectual history of this question, including many striking images. Then I'll discuss how looking for beauty suggests new ideas in physics today.