PIRSA:08120000

Probing the String Landscape: Implications, Applications, and Altercations

APA

(2008). Probing the String Landscape: Implications, Applications, and Altercations. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/08120000

MLA

Probing the String Landscape: Implications, Applications, and Altercations. Perimeter Institute, Dec. 10, 2008, https://pirsa.org/08120000

BibTex

          @misc{ pirsa_08120000,
            doi = {},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/08120000},
            author = {},
            keywords = {Quantum Fields and Strings},
            language = {en},
            title = {Probing the String Landscape: Implications, Applications, and Altercations},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2008},
            month = {dec},
            note = {PIRSA:08120000 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}
          }
          

Abstract

We are currently in the throes of a potentially huge paradigm shift in physics. Motivated by recent developments in string theory and the discovery of the so-called \'string landscape\', physicists are beginning to question the uniqueness of fundamental theories of physics and the methods by which such theories might be understsood and investigated. In this colloquium, I will give a non-technical introduction to the nature of this paradigm shift and how it developed. I will also discuss some of the questions to which it has led, and the nature of the controversies it has spawned.