|Figure 13.8, the center vertical position for the unusual mirrored structure in the parliament building in Berlin|
Jim Zuckerman on Composition: Symmetry
DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
VENUE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
MODERATOR: John Hockenberry
PARTICIPANTS: Robbert Dijkgraaf, David Gross, Alan Lightman, Maria Spiropulu
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.
The Big Ideas Series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.
Image Credit: Miles Verkade