18th May 2016 – School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture “Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Physics”

Prof. Arthur Jaffe (Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University) recently gave the Statutory Public Lecture of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS. The lecture was held on Wednesday 18th May in the Schrodinger Lecture Theatre at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Jaffe is also Chair of the Governing Board of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS.

Beauty, commonly accepted in the arts, is also central both in mathematics and in physics. In both disciplines one also strives to discover truth. But beauty and truth can have different meanings for a physicist and for a mathematician! We discuss how one might reconcile these contrasting views.

Bio:

Arthur M. Jaffe is the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University. His major research focuses on understanding quantum physics and the mathematics that it inspires. For his research in showing the mathematical compatibility of quantum theory with special relativity (by giving examples of non-linear fields in two and three dimensions), he received the Dannie Heineman Prize in Mathematical Physics, and the Physical Sciences Prize of the New York Academy of Science, jointly with James Glimm. In 1983 he authored the highly quoted essay “Ordering the Universe” for the US National Research Council, written to give intellectual justification for funding research in mathematics. In 1993 he wrote the essay “Theoretical Mathematics” with Frank Quinn, describing recent interactions between mathematics and theoretical physics. One year after its publication, the Bulletin of the AMS devoted an entire issue to discussion of that article.

Jaffe served as president of International Association of Mathematical Physics for two consecutive terms, and of the American Mathematical Society during 1997/1998. He conceived and guided the conception of the Clay Mathematics Institute, including serving as its first President 1998-2002, when he was responsible for the “Millennium Prize Problems in Mathematics.” Since 2005 he has chaired the Board of the DIAS School of Theoretical Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the RIA.

Today marks the date of birth of John L. Synge, 1897-1995, who served as Director of the @StpDias from 1956 to 1969. Synge brought a new direction and dynamism to the School with interests in general relativity geometry and a broad interest in all fields of classical physics.

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Tomorrow, at 1pm, Professor @petertgallagher will ask “What is Extra-terrestrial Life?” in the first of a four part public lecture series. There are a limited number of places still available - reserve your place free of charge at bit.ly/2HEJfYN. #DIASdiscovers

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## 18th May 2016 – School of Theoretical Physics Statutory Public Lecture “Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Physics”

Prof. Arthur Jaffe (Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University) recently gave the Statutory Public Lecture of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS. The lecture was held on Wednesday 18th May in the Schrodinger Lecture Theatre at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Jaffe is also Chair of the Governing Board of the School of Theoretical Physics, DIAS.

Watch the lecture here“Beauty and Truth in Mathematics and Physics”by

Professor Arthur M. JaffeLandon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University

Wednesday 18th May at 7:00pm

Schrodinger Lecture Theatre, Fitzgerald Building (Physics), TCDAdvance booking required here

Abstract:

Beauty, commonly accepted in the arts, is also central both in mathematics and in physics. In both disciplines one also strives to discover truth. But beauty and truth can have different meanings for a physicist and for a mathematician! We discuss how one might reconcile these contrasting views.

Bio:

Arthur M. Jaffe is the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science at Harvard University. His major research focuses on understanding quantum physics and the mathematics that it inspires. For his research in showing the mathematical compatibility of quantum theory with special relativity (by giving examples of non-linear fields in two and three dimensions), he received the Dannie Heineman Prize in Mathematical Physics, and the Physical Sciences Prize of the New York Academy of Science, jointly with James Glimm. In 1983 he authored the highly quoted essay “Ordering the Universe” for the US National Research Council, written to give intellectual justification for funding research in mathematics. In 1993 he wrote the essay “Theoretical Mathematics” with Frank Quinn, describing recent interactions between mathematics and theoretical physics. One year after its publication, the

Bulletin of the AMSdevoted an entire issue to discussion of that article.Jaffe served as president of International Association of Mathematical Physics for two consecutive terms, and of the American Mathematical Society during 1997/1998. He conceived and guided the conception of the Clay Mathematics Institute, including serving as its first President 1998-2002, when he was responsible for the “Millennium Prize Problems in Mathematics.” Since 2005 he has chaired the Board of the DIAS School of Theoretical Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and an Honorary Member of the RIA.

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DIAS Dublin15 hours agoToday marks the date of birth of John L. Synge, 1897-1995, who served as Director of the @StpDias from 1956 to 1969. Synge brought a new direction and dynamism to the School with interests in general relativity geometry and a broad interest in all fields of classical physics.

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DIAS Dublin2 days agoNext week Professor Chris Bean @dias_geophysics will give the second lecture in the series, ‘Earth processes - drivers for life’. Register to attend on Thursday 28th March here: eventbrite.ie/e/earth-proces… #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin2 days agoProf @petertgallagher finishes his talk with a question for the audience to ponder, ‘Is there anyone or anything out there?’ #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin2 days agoRadio telescopes such as @I_LOFAR here in Ireland help scientists explore the question ‘What is extraterrestrial life?’ #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin2 days ago.@petertgallagher gives us some possible solutions to the Fermi Paradox which postulates the possible existence of extraterrestrial life #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin2 days agoAs of March 2019 there are 3,925 confirmed exoplanets in the @NASA Exoplanet Archive. @petertgallagher explains how astrophysicists detect these planets by looking at light curves as they transit in front of stars. #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin2 days agoProf @petertgallagher kicks off with an apt quote from Schrödinger, ‘Some of us should adventure to embark on a syntheses of facts and theories....and the risk of making fools of ourselves’ #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin2 days agoRegistrar Eucharia Meehan currently introducing the series and today’s speaker @petertgallagher #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin2 days agoToday at DIAS Professor @petertgallagher is answering the question ‘What is Extra-terrestrial Life?’. This is the first talk in a four-part public lecture series exploring ‘What is Life?’, famously considered by Professor Erwin Schrödinger in 1943. #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin4 days agoTomorrow, at 1pm, Professor @petertgallagher will ask “What is Extra-terrestrial Life?” in the first of a four part public lecture series. There are a limited number of places still available - reserve your place free of charge at bit.ly/2HEJfYN. #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin6 days agoHave you registered for our commemorative 'What is Life?' public lecture series? Part 1 taking place on Thursday with @petertgallagher. More info here: bit.ly/2FbUl5J

DIAS Dublin6 days agoTrína tograí ceannródaíocha sna daonnachtaí digiteacha, anois tá saothar @SCSLibrary ar fáil ar fud an domhain ar an idirlíon. Sampla is ea an togra Ogham in 3D de thogra a chuidíonn go mór le caomhnú ár gcultúir #DIASdiscovers #SnaG19

DIAS Dublin7 days agoIs í an Scoil an Léinn Cheiltigh an lárionad domhanda aitheanta don taighde sna teangacha agus litríochtaí Ceilteacha, an foilsitheoir acadúil is mó le rá sa réimse le taighde déanta ar an gCeilteachas in Éirinn agus i mór-roinn na hEorpa. #DIASdiscovers #SnaG19

DIAS Dublin7 days agoSa leabharlann ag @SCSLibrary tá an bailiúchán is cuimsithí agus is inrochtana de leabhair agus irisí faoin Léann Ceilteach ar oileán na hÉireann. #SnaG19 #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin1 week ago✨ Ag siúl siar le haghaidh #SnaG19 ✨ I DIAS sa bhlian 1978 foilsiú Corpus Iuris Hibernici, le Binchy - an phríomh obair ar dhlíthe Brehon go dtí an lá atá inniu ann. #DIASdiscovers

DIAS Dublin1 week agoAg siúl siar le haghaidh #SnaG19! I 1972 bhí DIAS freagrach as an gcéad turgnamh Éireannach riamh sa spás agus ar dhromchla na gealaí (misean NASA, Apollo 16) #DIASdiscovers