Towards a Common Origin of Quantum Mechanics and Spacetime

Monday, February 20, 2017: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Room 312 (Hynes Convention Center)
Nima Arkani-Hamed, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
Space-time and Quantum Mechanics are the pillars of our modern understanding of physics. But the union of quantum mechanics and gravity strongly suggests that “space-time is doomed", and there are related indications of fundamental limitations to quantum mechanics in both the early and late universe. Dr Arkani-Hamed will review these paradoxes and describe tentative hints pointing to a new picture, where space-time and quantum mechanics will be seen to emerge hand-in-hand from more primitive principles.