Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP)

Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP)

Physics Mathematics

Between String Theory and Math, a Two-Way Street

By Abby Tabor | Science Writer at NASA's Ames Research Center

“Since the beginning, string theory has been fueled by the interaction between mathematicians and physicists,” Amir-Kian Kashani-Poor, a string theorist at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris, tells us.

No wonder, then, that he’s helped organize a thematic quarter at the Institut Henri Poincaré: three months dedicated to bringing the two fields even closer. “We felt that the IHP offers the ideal setting to foster this interaction,” he says.

In this video, Amir explains the special, sometimes unexpected relationship that exists between string theory and math, surprising even specialists in these areas. “Physics and math have always gone hand in hand,” he reminds us. Now, they’ve joined forces to “understand the workings of the universe at its very core”. Amir, in his clear, natural style will tell you how.

For more information, see highlights of the Mathematics of String Theory program, and learn more about the IHP's thematic quarters.

Image credit: A Calabi-Yau space, via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

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