Chit Chat re: Quantum Physics

  • June 22, 2014 · 4:00 PM
  • Yahoo Center Community Room

At the above link you'll find some of the fundamentals and essential history of string theory in the context of a truly wonderful conversation between Brian Greene and Lawrence Krauss, two renown physicists and highly successful popularizers of science, who themselves disagree about the promise of String Theory.  Not only do you get a very clear overview and basic perspective of String Theory, from its foremost advocate and a leading skeptic, but moreover you will experience in a very accessible way, two wonderfully funny, terribly smart and very articulate human beings sharing and sparring over issues that represent the essence of their intellectual  thinking.

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  • Julian K.

    At our meeting about string theory on June 22nd, I mentioned a web site which had an exciting but simple series of animations that might help you (at least by analogy), start to imagine what experiencing extra dimensions of space is like. This series of animations attempt to convey how extra dimensions of space might directly affect you, and how you might perceive or even experience them. But first out of fairness I needed to include a "FAIR WARNING" in providing you with the name and address of the video(s). Consequently you can find my accompanying "warning" along with the address of the YouTube video's site in a short document that you can obtain by going to "More" in the menu above, and then selecting "Files" and finally clicking on the document titled: "Animation video(s) mind-stretchingly depicting from zero to ten dimensions of space." I'm sorry for the convoluted nature of all this, but I felt that it was necessary to offer a clear caveat in providing the information.

    1 · June 24

  • Mitchell W.

    String Theory is fascinating. The Hadron Collider in Cern may be trying to quantify and prove string theory but I can't verify this.Calabi Yau Manifolds are space-time geodesics which are analogous to the orbifold in string theory and are generally six dimensional but rotate and twist in multiple planes. Of course manifolds are surfaces.

    1 · June 23

  • Katherine B.

    This is the third video and talk we have seen and discussed focussing on Brian Greene and multiverses in the past 6 months. It would be interesting to spend more time on string theory and space and particles.

    June 23

  • Kate

    fantastic interaction from almost everyone

    1 · June 23

  • Campbell

    Always a roomful of some of the most diverse and interestingly smart people you'll find anywhere in L.A.

    June 22

  • Laura T.

    Great Questions! Great discussion.

    June 22

  • John G.

    The videos below describe and explain various aspects of string theory, including the history and past and present problems with it. The first video is a 19 min TED presentation with Brian Greene.

    And this a list of 11+ string theory videos starting with Part 1 below. Scroll on the list to the right of the youtube screen and select them to view the rest:

    1 · June 21

  • Julian K.

    Mitch: Many of us will miss your always excellent contributions to the discussions.

    June 21

  • Katherine B.

    I'm sorry to see you won't be at the meeting.

    June 21

  • Mitchell W.

    Always enjoy these meetups but need to help sister and brother in law tomorrow

    June 21

  • Amrik S.

    Anyone knows if there is an entry fee to this event?

    June 15

    • Diana S.

      The meetup is free and guests are allowed!

      June 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it this date, its my daughters b-day! But I plan on July for sure! Plus some things I would like to hear someone talk about is listed in the july discussions... and please excuse my "newbieness".

    May 13, 2014

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