Knots and Quantum Theory | Edward Witten, Charles Simonyi Professor

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25 Responses

  1. dethsin13 April, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This man is unimpeachably brilliant. I really have to stand in awe at this display of intellect.

  2. terrywilder91 April, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Better off reading Randell Mills.

  3. terrywilder930 March, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    The knots for these 2d, as well as 3d projections cannot be well defined as suggested. Exactly analogous to that famous “shadows that cannot be cast argument”. It’s always best to keep the horse before the buggy. See Sparling for how things should be done from first principle.

  4. TheMallaclllypse8 March, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    What makes you think you can judge the merit of others peoples work, that you, without a doubt, do not understand? The value of basic science very often lies not in the theories or gimmicks that end up being successful, but in the methods and tools that had to be developed even if the original goals were not achieved.

  5. Michael Chapman25 February, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Pretty sure your definition makes ALL of math into Mathematical Philosophy. Aside from that, the breakthroughs in pure math due to Ed Witten are so valuable that even if string theory is completely false(unlikely) his work will have been monumental.

  6. topologicalinsulator29 January, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    It is not unhealthy to pursue Mathematical Philosophy.

  7. Mark Flipper17 January, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    another String Theory Clown

    String Theory isn’t even a science (not yet anyway)

    Its best described as a Mathematical Philosophy – there is not a single scrap of evidence to support the conclusions of String Theory

    You need to have a lot of confidence and devotion to the abstractness of Mathematics to pursue String Theory as if it will be REAL or a credible science one day in the future.

    String Theorists may turn out to be correct – at the moment they are well paid circus clowns

  8. Dub Anderson11 January, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I think he reads the slides word for word to stay focused when talking on our level……Scary Smart…..A True Treasure Of This World!

  9. Andy McCahey27 December, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Agreed, seems to be that the largest problem with clean energy lies in economics not physics, the best of ideas will still be shutdown until they can be monetised.

  10. Sage Mantis22 December, 2012 at 10:26 am

    reading the slides word for word is so elementary, but nevertheless, a powerful mind.

  11. TheChubbedebob25 November, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    One does not simply go from mathematical physics to applied physics. His instruments are pen, paper (or TeX) and a very complex mind that is almost out this world. Pushing buttons, calibrating setups and processing data is a whole other world.

    Your ignorance is embarrassing.

  12. sathasiva18855 November, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    how many universities in india would allow some one with a degree in history to do master in maths and phd in physics? It took a mathematical genius gh hardy to recognise ramanujan’s brilliance who failed to get a degree in india ? I learned as a maths prize winner at the top school in my country with a book of a course of pure mathematics by gh hardy in my pre university days which introduced me to ramanujan’s work..

  13. kanvij5 November, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Path is not an object but the wave of partiles ,the objects in quantum mechanics..Elegant introduction to the link between mathematics and qualtum physics..

  14. TheViciousSquare12 October, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Applied science wouldn’t get very far without pure science. Maxwell didn’t set out to invent radio or telegraphy, nor did he. But without his theoretical work in electromagnetism (which wasn’t of much interest to the general public at the time) those technologies would have been greatly delayed or might never have existed. We don’t know what practical applications Ed Witten’s work might have in the future, but it’s unlikely that it would have none. This matters.

  15. Apocalymon27 September, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    why should anyone live by your standards. you try solving the co2 crises, use your brain.

  16. srinivas mic19 September, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    genius person

  17. YoutubSUCKZ17 September, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    your arrogance is mind-blowing. are you saying you know more than witten himself about where he should focus is research?

  18. redrum4198714 September, 2012 at 5:39 am

    I have always thought this too, with ALL the theoretical physicists and chemists out there.

  19. alitulay21 August, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    What a shame..The grandmaster gives a public lecture and it s watched by only 2700 people. More surprising than the quantum world itself.

  20. EnjoyMarijuana16 August, 2012 at 9:00 am

    haha right! 

  21. NeutronCafe31 July, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Alexander the great…. would have cut the knot 🙂

  22. TheKalathur26 July, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Brilliant! Wonderful lecture! Gives an insight into the kind of work Witten does on a day to day basis.

  23. Ta Wan16 June, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    very interesting and so theoretical that I’d like to offer an idea my self: we are used to talking in 4 dimensions “I was there but I’m not there now”. but maybe we could be talking 4 but meaning 11 “I was there, thinking this, feeling that, weighing this, facing that way, related to the now moved on x, in relationship to, slightly younger, constituting of…” …I’ll shut up now 🙂

  24. Scott Ferris10 May, 2012 at 3:30 am

    wonderful talk for a general math/physics audience , thank you so much for posting!

  25. saxcoburg1 May, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Deliciously esoteric. Intriguing to consider how a wave/particle could be entrapped in a knot?

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