The Jeremiah Horrocks Autumn Lecture  2019

String Theory and Mathematical Beauty in Theoretical Physics

Professor Andreas Braun

Department of Mathematics, Durham University, UK

Tuesday 8th  October 2019, 18:30-20:00

Harrington Building, Harrington Lecture Theatre

University of Central Lancashire

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Simplicity, elegance and beauty have long played an important role in the development of theoretical physics. Such considerations have not only deepened our understanding, but have in many instances led to concrete predictions which were verified by experiments. A central theme is the unification of the laws of fundamental physics, a program which has culminated in String Theory in recent years. After an historical overview enriched by examples, I will discuss the motivations for String Theory, its status, and its role in modern theoretical physics.


Andreas Braun is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Durham University. Prior to moving to Durham, he has held research positions in Vienna, Tokyo, London and Oxford. His research is concerned with geometrical aspects of theoretical physics, in particular string theory, and crosses the boundaries between theoretical physics and mathematics.