Muß Es Sein? – Epigraph to a String Quartet

A public lecture by Yang-Hui He (City University London, Nankai University & University of Oxford)

18.00 Tuesday 13 May
Newhaven Lecture Theatre, ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Tickets include the reception after the lecture and are free. They should be reserved via Eventbrite

“Muß es sein?” So wrote Beethoven in an epigraph to his last string quartet. In today’s great quest for the Theory of Everything, physicists are led to ask the same: Must it be so? Do all interactions and all particles of nature fundamentally originate from a cosmic string quartet?

In this talk, we take the audience on a bird’s-eye view of the theory of superstrings, what is it and why it is important. We will emphasize the wealth of ideas which has revolutionized the world of pure mathematics.

Yang-Hui He studied at Princeton University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Physics, with a Certificate in Applied Mathematics and a Certificate in Engineering, Summa cum Laude. He then obtained a Distinction at the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge University before moving to MIT where he obtained his PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics. Yang continued with postdoctoral work in the University of Pennsylvania before joining Merton College, University of Oxford as the FitzJames Fellow in Mathematics and then the UK STFC Advanced Fellow in theoretical physics. Yang joined City University in 2010 as Reader in Mathematics and was concurrently awarded the Yangtze Chair Professorship at Nankai University by the Chinese Ministry of Education.


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