Renowned scientist Stephen Wolfram will present his recent work on his Project to Find the Fundamental Theory of Physics as the first keynote speaker in our new Science beyond the Horizon series.
|Date||10 November 2020|
Finally We May Have a Path to the Fundamental Theory of Physics... and It’s BeautifulStephen Wolfram
In many ways it’s the ultimate question in natural science: How does our universe work? Is there a fundamental theory? An incredible amount has been figured out about physics over the past few hundred years. But even with everything that’s been done—and it’s very impressive—we still, after all this time, don’t have a truly fundamental theory of physics.
The Wolfram Physics Project is a bold effort to find the fundamental theory of physics. It combines new ideas with the latest research in physics, mathematics and computation in the push to achieve this ultimate goal of science.
Stephen Wolfram was educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech, receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1979 at the age of 20. His early work in physics and computer science was recognized by a MacArthur award in 1981. In the early 1980s he made a series of now-classic discoveries about systems known as cellular automata, leading to numerous applications in physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, and other fields. In 1986 he founded Wolfram Research, Inc. and began the creation of Mathematica---now the world's leading software system for technical computing and symbolic programming. Over the past decade Wolfram has divided his time between leadership of his company and pursuit of basic science. The results of Wolfram's fifteen years of work were presented for the first time in his book, A New Kind of Science (May 2002). An instant bestseller, A New Kind of Science constituted international science news and quickly emerged as one of the most-discussed science books in decades.
|20:00-20:02||Word of welcome by IAS Scientific Director Peter Sloot|
|20:02-20:10||Introducing the speaker and the topic by Sander Bais|
|20:10-21:00||Keynote lecture by Stephen Wolfram|