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Title: Maybe Einstein Goofed
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Laughlin, Robert B
Issue Date: 2-Jun-2006
Event Date: 2-Jun-2006
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.1
Notes: Perspectives on the Origin of the Universe Lecture Series.
Abstract: Einstein's general theory of relativity predicts the existence of black holes, strange spherical objects that eat all light and matter than goes into them. In this talk Prof Robert B Laughlin, a Condensed Matter theorist and 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physics, explores the possibility that this prediction is false and the cosmological you would look for to find out. The way it might happen is that the principle of relativity doesn't work on extremely small length scales because it is 'emergent'. Prof Laughlin explains what 'emergent' means and gives a few examples from table-top physics. This observation identifies a key flaw in theories of the universe based on superstrings.
Duration: 65 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
3.8:6 - Audio-visual Materials
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