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String Theory, Duality and Art: how the Higgs boson and Turner Prize collide
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<p>On the face of it, an artist and a theoretical physicist might seem an unlikely pairing. But Turner Prizewinning sculptor Grenville Davey and string theorist David Berman's collaboration is producing beautiful, thoughtprovoking work inspired by the fundamental structure of the Universe. Julia Hawkins interviewed them to find out more about how the Higgs boson and Tduality are giving rise to art.</p>
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<p>It's a Tuesday afternoon, a week after the CERN pressconference announcing the probable discovery of the Higgs boson. I'm standing in the lightfilled atrium of the <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences</a> in Cambridge, a building created to facilitate and inspire the interaction of ideas, looking at blackboards with a Turner Prizewinning sculptor and a theoretical physicist.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/stringtheorydualityandarthowhiggsbosonandturnerprizecollide" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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mathematics and art
Newton Institute
string theory
symmetry
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:21:14 +0000
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Building bridges from mathematics to the City
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<p>Many people's impression of mathematics is that it is an ancient edifice built on centuries of research. However, modern quantitative finance, an area of mathematics with such a great impact
on all our lives, is just a few decades old. The <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute</a> quickly recognised its
importance and has already run two seminal
programmes, in 1995 and 2005, supporting
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<p><em>This article is part of a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaacnewtoninstitute">series</a> celebrating the 20th birthday of the <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute</a> in Cambridge. The Institute is a place where leading mathematicians from around the world can come together for weeks or months at a time to indulge in what they like doing best: thinking about maths and exchanging ideas without the distractions and duties that come with their normal working lives.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/buildingbridgesmathematicscity" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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finance
financial mathematics
Newton Institute
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:56:28 +0000
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Strings, particles and the early Universe
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The <em>Strong Fields, Integrability and Strings</em>
programme, which took place at the Isaac
Newton Institute in 2007, explored an area that
would have been close to Isaac Newton's heart:
how to unify Einstein's theory of gravity, a
continuation of Newton's own work on
gravitation, with quantum field theory, which
describes the atomic and subatomic world, but
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<p><em>This article is part of a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaacnewtoninstitute">series</a> celebrating the 20th birthday of the <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute</a> in Cambridge. The Institute is a place where leading mathematicians from around the world can come together for weeks or months at a time to indulge in what they like doing best: thinking about maths and exchanging ideas without the distractions and duties that come with their normal working lives.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/stringsparticlesandearlyuniverse" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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holographic principle
Newton Institute
quantum field theory
quantum gravity
string theory
supersymmetry
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:55:54 +0000
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The Isaac Newton Institute: Creating eureka moments
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<p>The Isaac Newton Institute celebrates its 20th birthday this year, having opened in July 1992. To join in the celebrations we bring you a selection of articles exploring some of the research programmes that have been held there. The Institute asked us to produce these articles in 2010 and we were honoured by being afforded this rare glimpse behind its venerable doors. And as you'll see, what started out as abstract mathematics scribbled on the back of a napkin can have major impact in the real world.</p>
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<div class="rightimage" style="width: 300px;"><img src="/sites/plus.maths.org/files/packages/2012/ini/daffodils.jpg" alt="Daffodils outside the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge." width="300" height="189" /><p>Daffodils and mathematical art outside the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaacnewtoninstitute" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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Isaac Newton
Newton Institute
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:53:12 +0000
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Taming water waves
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<p>Few things in nature are as dramatic, and potentially dangerous, as ocean waves. The impact they have on our daily lives extends from shipping to the role they play in driving the global climate. From a theoretical viewpoint water waves pose rich challenges: solutions to the equations that describe fluid motion are elusive, and whether they even exist in the most general case is one of the hardest unanswered questions in mathematics.</p>
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<p><em>This article is part of a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaacnewtoninstitute">series</a> celebrating the 20th birthday of the <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute</a> in Cambridge. The Institute is a place where leading mathematicians from around the world can come together for weeks or months at a time to indulge in what they like doing best: thinking about maths and exchanging ideas without the distractions and duties that come with their normal working lives.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/tamingwaterwaves" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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fluid dynamics
fluid mechanics
navierstokes equations
Newton Institute
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:44:14 +0000
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Renewable energy and telecommunications
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<p>When the mathematician AK Erlang first used probability theory to model telephone networks in the early twentieth century he could hardly have imagined that the science he founded would one day help solve a most pressing global<br />
problem: how to wean ourselves off fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy sources.</p>
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<p><em>This article is part of a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaacnewtoninstitute">series</a> celebrating the 20th birthday of the <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute</a> in Cambridge. The Institute is a place where leading mathematicians from around the world can come together for weeks or months at a time to indulge in what they like doing best: thinking about maths and exchanging ideas without the distractions and duties that come with their normal working lives.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/renewableenergyandtelecommunications" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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energy
mathematics and climate change
mathematics and the environment
Newton Institute
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:29:10 +0000
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The shape of things to come
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Progress in pure mathematics has its own tempo. Major questions may remain open for decades, even centuries, and once an answer has been found, it can take a collaborative effort of many mathematicians in the field to check
that it is correct. The <em>New Contexts for Stable Homotopy Theory</em> programme, held at the Institute in 2002, is a prime example of how its research programmes can benefit researchers and its lead to landmark results. </div>
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<p><em>This article is part of a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaacnewtoninstitute">series</a> celebrating the 20th birthday of the <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute</a> in Cambridge. The Institute is a place where leading mathematicians from around the world can come together for weeks or months at a time to indulge in what they like doing best: thinking about maths and exchanging ideas without the distractions and duties that come with their normal working lives.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/shapethingscome" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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homotopy
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topology
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:20:32 +0000
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From neurobiology to online gaming
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<p>Artificial neural networks grew out of researchers' attempts to mimick the human brain. In 1997 the Isaac Newton Institute hosted a landmark research programme in the area. Today, neural networks are able to learn how to perform complex tasks and are crucial in many areas of life, from medicine to the Xbox.</p>
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<p><em>This article is part of a <a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/isaacnewtoninstitute">series</a> celebrating the 20th birthday of the <a href="http://www.newton.ac.uk/">Isaac Newton Institute</a> in Cambridge. The Institute is a place where leading mathematicians from around the world can come together for weeks or months at a time to indulge in what they like doing best: thinking about maths and exchanging ideas without the distractions and duties that come with their normal working lives.<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/neurobiologyonlinegaming" target="_blank">read more</a></p>
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computer gaming
neural network
Newton Institute
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 08:02:49 +0000
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