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Darkness Visible - Shedding New Light on Black Holes: A Panel Discussion with Cumrun Vafa

June 8, 2018

This year, Professor Cumrun Vafa was invited to speak at the World Science Festival on a panel discussion titled "Darkness Visible: Shedding New Light on Black Holes." Moderated by the Chairman of the Board of the World Science Festival and Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Colombia University, Brian Greene, Professor Vafa is introduced to the program at 1:13:00.

Black holes may hold the key to understanding the most fundamental truths of the universe, but how do you see something that’s, well, black? Astronomers think...

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The Complete Lifetime of the Standard Model

April 3, 2018

 

In a classically scale-invariant quantum field theory, tunneling rates are infrared divergent due to the existence of instantons of any size. While one expects such divergences to be resolved by quantum effects, it has been unclear how higher-loop corrections can resolve a problem appearing already at one loop. With a careful power counting, graduate student Anders Andreassen, 2017 Harvard PhD William Frost, and Prof. Matthew Schwartz uncover a series of loop contributions that...

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Memories of a Truth-Seeker: Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

March 14, 2018

by Andrew Strominger,
Gwilll E. York  Professor of Physics, Harvard University

 

I had the good fortune to meet Stephen Hawking in 1982. This was to be the beginning of a long and vibrant scientific interaction and friendship.  I was fresh out of graduate school and Stephen could still speak in a growly voice. It took me a few days to understand what he was saying but I managed to do it. And there was a lot to say!  Stephen twirled around my Princeton apartment with son Timothy on the footrest of his wheelchair. Probably...

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Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

October 27, 2017

In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel Contact, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. He had her enter a black hole and exit light-years away, but he didn’t know if this made any sense. The Cornell University astrophysicist and television star consulted his friend Kip Thorne, a black hole expert at the California Institute of Technology (who won a Nobel Prize earlier this month). Thorne knew that...

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Professor Cumrun Vafa Receives 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor

May 23, 2017

Please join us in congratulating Professor Cumrun Vafa, recipient of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor award was founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organization (NECO) and is presented at a yearly ceremony on Ellis Island in May. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have officially recognized recipients who are read into the Congressional Record.

 

NECO writes, "The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of...

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2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Joseph Polchinski, Andrew Strominger, and Cumrun Vafa

December 5, 2016

We are pleased to formally congratulate Joseph Polchinski, Andrew Strominger, and Cumrun Vafa and all of the winners of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics. 

Breakthrough Prize marks 5th anniversary celebrating top achievement in science and awards more than $25 million in prizes at gala ceremony in Silicon Valley. 

2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Awarded to Stephen J. Elledge, Harry F. Noller, Roeland Nusse, Yoshinori Ohsumi, and Huda Yahya Zoghbi.

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