Beyond Beauty: The Predictive Power of Symmetry

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Beyond Beauty: The Predictive Power of Symmetry

Full Program: 2016 World Science Festival | 01:33:30

Original Program Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016

Featuring Mathematical Physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, Physicist, Nobel Laureate in Physics David Gross, Physicist, Writer Alan Lightman, and Physicist Maria Spiropulu with Journalist John Hockenberry Moderating

From a bee’s hexagonal honeycomb to the elliptical paths of planets, symmetry has long been recognized as a vital quality of nature. Einstein saw symmetry hidden in the fabric of space and time. The brilliant Emmy Noether proved that symmetry is the mathematical flower of deeply rooted physical law. And today’s theorists are pursuing an even more exotic symmetry that, mathematically speaking, could be nature’s final fundamental symmetry: supersymmetry. Join some of the world’s preeminent scientists to explore the core role symmetry plays in our unraveling of nature’s deepest secrets—and catch a glimpse of profoundly important symmetries that may be awaiting us just over the horizon.

Moderator

John Hockenberry

John Hockenberry

Journalist
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PARTICIPANTS

ROBBERT DIJKGRAAF

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Mathematical Physicist
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David Gross

Physicist, Nobel Laureate in Physics
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Alan Lightman

Physicist, Writer
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Spiropulu

Maria Spiropulu

Physicist
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