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  7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John's College

The unfinished revolution: space, time and the quantum

Lee Smolin

Perimeter Institute

Between 1905 and 1926 Einstein, Bohr and others initiated a scientific revolution by the introduction of quantum mechanics and relativity theory. The revolution is unfortunately still incomplete, because there are major issues unresolved. These include the question of how to combine general relativity and quantum theory into a single theory of nature as well as unresolved questions about the meaning of quantum mechanics and how it can be extended to cosmology. In this talk I describe the present status of research aimed at these questions. We will begin with the most basic questions as to the nature of space and time, and end with some predictions for results of ongoing experiments that some approaches to quantum gravity imply.

Find out more by visiting his website.

Additional resources for this talk: video.