(1) Quantum Beauty; (2) Beauty in Mathematics

(1) Quantum Beauty; (2) Beauty in Mathematics

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Frank Wilczek, MIT; Enrico Bombieri, Professor Emeritus, IAS
IAS Room S-101

1)  Does the world embody beautiful ideas?  That is a question that people have thought about for a long time. Pythagoras and Plato intuited that the world should embody beautiful ideas;  Newton and Maxwell demonstrated how the world could embody beautiful ideas, in specific impressive cases. Finally in the 20th century in modern physics, and especially in quantum physics, we find a definitive answer: Yes! -- The world does embody beautiful ideas.  I’ll present the intellectual history, bringing in relevant artistic images, and discuss how esthetic considerations continue to guide our search for ultimate physical laws.    2)  TBA