The Purdue University North Central Physics Club will host the presentation “Modern String Theory: Black Holes, Holography, and Emergent Spacetime” by Dr. Aaron Warren, PNC associate professor of Physics, on Nov. 19 at noon in Library-Student-Faculty Building Assembly Hall, Room 02. The event is free and open to the public.
String theory is a large and highly sophisticated subject at the cutting edge of human intellect. It has received much attention in the popular media, ranging from documentaries to sitcoms. Despite widespread knowledge that string theory exists, very few people have any real idea what string theory is or how it operates as a scientific discipline.
This public colloquium will begin with Warren presenting a brief account of string theory’s growth from the Standard Model of particle physics before moving to an overview of several recent triumphs of string theory, such as calculating the entropy of black holes.
Along the way, this talk will address whether and how string theory qualifies as valid science, even in the absence of direct empirical predictions. Warren will explain find that, although string theory operates at a higher level of abstraction, it is no less scientific than any other discipline and in fact is in some ways far more rigorous.
The Physics Club welcomes students of all backgrounds and majors who have an interest in and a curiosity about Physics.