Gheorghe Curelet-Balan Blog

Sunday, February 11, 2007

A Toronto star in Waterloo.

Nima Arkani-Hamed burst like a star on Friday with an enthusiastic cavalcade of ideas and slides that pointed out on one side the theoretical physics current struggles (characterized by crisis, paradoxes and controversies) and on the another side how LHC could provide by the year 2010, confirmations and open new research venues to revolutionary solutions in nature understanding.

He compared the current status of today's theoretical physics with that at the beginning of last century and postulated that the scale of physics revolutions to come is comparable with Einstein's Relativity theories and Quantum Mechanics.

One of these postulated revolutions could be the biggest discovery of our time, the Modern Copernicus Revolution that will tell us what our Universe really is and where it fits in nature's bigger picture.

It was a fascinating presentation on a fascinating subject. What a nice reward for his Grade 8 Toronto school mathematics teacher that was in the audience.

One thing I learned about the importance of LHS in theoretical physics is that it is all about 10-17cm, which will be the subject of my next post.

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