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enThe Pointless Universe: the fascination of string theory
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"[String theory] has led us in strange directions that we couldn't conceive of; it's revealed depths of mathematical structure that we couldn't have anticipated". Watch a video interview with Professor Michael Green, winner of the 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize. </div>
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<p>Michael Green, celebrated for his pioneering work in string theory, is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. Together with Professor John Schwarz of the California Institute of Technology, he was awarded the US $3 million 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize for "opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces".<p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/pointless-universe-how-string-theory-may-help-answer-biggest-questions-modern-physics" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/pointless-universe-how-string-theory-may-help-answer-biggest-questions-modern-physics#commentsstring theorysuperstring theoryTue, 04 Mar 2014 16:38:25 +0000jemh46058 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe physics of elementary particles
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Peter Kalmus </div>
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It is extraordinary to think that the diversity of the world we live in is based on a handful of elementary particles and a few fundamental forces. <b>Peter Kalmus</b> describes the combination of experimental and theoretical physics that has brought us to the understanding of today. </div>
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Helen Joyce </div>
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Theoretical physicists are searching for a 'Theory of Everything' to reconcile quantum mechanics and relativity - the two great physical theories of the twentieth century. String theory is a current hot favourite, and some of the world's most eminent physicists tell us why. </div>
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<h2>As above, so below</h2>
To mediaeval thinkers, the universe was divided into two realms, the earthly and the heavenly. These realms were thought to operate quite differently, and it was Newton who brought the two together, claiming that "as above, so below" - that what holds in one part of the universe and at one scale, holds everywhere and at every scale.
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