Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Witten on String Theory

The following is a lecture on string theory by Edward Witten upon receiving the Newton Medal.

Note: Use the little screen icon -- second from right on bottom -- to flow up the image to full screen size.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Halfway through the second part, Witten talks about M-Theory.

In watching these videos it becomes very clear that the skills of the creator are not the skills of the expositor. For a generalist such as myself, I need an expositor with the ability to draw appropriate pictures and connections to make this material come alive. With Witten I find hints of something very interesting, but he doesn't know how to describe it in ways that makes it truly meaningful for me.

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