Physics at the Library: How beauty leads physics astray
Lecture by Sabine Hossenfelder, German physicist and science writer from the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.
To develop fundamentally new laws of nature, theoretical physicists often rely on arguments from beauty. Simplicity and naturalness in particular have been strongly influential guides in the foundations of physics ever since the development of the standard model of particle physics.
In this talk Sabine Hossenfelder argue that arguments from beauty have led the field into a dead end and discuss what can be done about it.
Physics at the Library = Sausages, physics and potato salad
Once a month, the Science Library and Department of Physics invite to a popular scientific lecture in the Science Library. Physics need to reach the people, and what is more "for the people" than sausages and potato salad?
"Pølser, fysikk og potetsalat" ("Sausages, physics and potato salad") is the title of a book by Otto Øgrim and Helmut Ormestad. The two physicists were pioneers in dissemination of physics on radio and TV. In our version of sausages, physics and potato salad we want you to hear lectures you haven't heard before, from research fellows fresh in the world of research or professors bringing new perspectives.