Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Seminar in Physics at UMN

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Environmental & Science Education
Edward Hessler

Quite a while ago I mentioned that Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder was going to give a seminar at the University of Minnesota in October.

Here are the details.

Hossenfelder is the author of "Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray."

She, often described as a contrarian (I think a thoughtful and provocative one.), will talk about the book's central premise: that there has not been a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics is because physicists think the best theories are beautiful, natural and elegant, i.e., judged on aesthetic criteria. The result is that this commitment to beauty has generated powerful maths but bad science.

Dr. Hossenfelder is also the author of the blog, BackReaction which is devoted to topics in particle physics, quantum gravity, cosmology and occasional music videos which she makes about physics as well as videos of short lectures such as the Many Worlds Interpretation. The content tends to be technical but sometimes she writes about questions non-technical people wonder about. She is a lively moderator.

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