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Three roles of quantum field theory, part 6

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Graeme Segal
Wed, 2011-05-18 14:15 - 15:15
Parent event: 
Felix Klein Lectures 2011

Quantum field theory has many roles, and the lectures will be about three of them. The primary role is to provide a description of all of fundamental physics when gravity is firmly excluded. A second, at first surprising, role has emerged from string theory, which is a theory of gravitation: it turns out that a two-dimensional field theory can be regarded as a generalized manifold, and in particular can be a model for space-time.

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