Joseph Polchinski - Space-Time Versus the Quantum

Event Date: 

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Reception: 5:00 PM 

Lecture: 6:00 PM


Event Location: 

  • Corwin Pavilion

Event Contact: 


Joseph Polchinski

A professor of physics and a permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Polchinski was named UC Santa Barbara’s 2014 Faculty Research Lecturer, the highest honor bestowed upon professors by their peers in recognition of extraordinary scholarly distinction.

Polchinski will discuss the search for a unified theory of the laws of physics and the difficulty of reconciling two of the main pieces: quantum mechanics, which governs the very small; and general relativity, which governs the very large. In particular, he will address how in 1975 Stephen Hawking discovered a paradox, which seems to suggest that at least one of these theories must give way. A reception at 5 p.m. will precede the lecture and both are open to the public.