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LOCAL>> Sabine Hossenfelder – Lost in Math

Presented by Commonwealth Club at Streaming Arts

Apr 20 2021
LOCAL>> Sabine Hossenfelder – Lost in Math

Physicist in conversation about her book with George Hammond

Join us for a virtual discussion with Sabine Hossenfelder, live-streamed direct from Frankfurt, Germany, about her concern that theoretical physicists have failed to make any major breakthroughs for more than four decades because they are obsessed with the goal that an accurate theory must be beautiful—at least to mathematicians.

In her book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, Hossenfelder argues that when this belief in beauty becomes too dogmatic, it conflicts with scientific objectivity, and so may be interfering with our ability to understand black holes or why relativity theory and quantum mechanics have issues with each other. It may also be encouraging the pursuit of untestable string theory and supersymmetry explanations beyond what is scientifically useful (but which is still mathematically intriguing).

Hear why Hossenfelder is insisting, to the generation of theoreticians that preceded her, that progress will probably not be made until they conclude that physics isn’t math.

It’s choosing the right math.


$10.00 – General Admission
$20.99 – General Admission + book

Free for members, with discount code at registration

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10:00 – 11:00 am

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