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The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces: Anticipating a New Golden Age

The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces: Anticipating a New Golden Age

This video was recorded at Authors@MIT. Listening to Frank Wilczek describe his research, one might not recognize simple English words, for they assume unfamiliar meanings in the context of physics. The deceptive lexicon of particles, forces and equations includes "up," "down," "flavor," "color," "strange," "everything," and the compelling "beautiful." Rigorous science is conveyed in poetry and metaphor. The springboard for this presentation is the final chapter of Wilczek's new book, The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces. For a sense of history, he first touches on breakthroughs of the 20th century that gave rise to conceptual revolutions: 1910 – theory of relativity; 1925 – quantum mechanics; 1970 – standard model of normal matter. He then broaches current... Show More
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