Professor Vafa Discusses F-Theory in Scientific American

March 28, 2019


In the Scientific American article "Found: A Quadrillion Ways for String Theory to Make Our Universe," Professor Vafa discusses F-Theory and the standard model:

“It’s very nice work,” says Cumrun Vafa, one of the developers of F-theory, at Harvard University. “The fact you can arrange the geometry and topology to fit with not only Einstein’s equations, but also with the [particle] spectrum that we want, is not trivial. It works out nicely here....”

Vafa is among those who think that, despite the immensity of the landscape of solutions, there exists a unique solution that matches our universe. “I bet there is exactly one,” he says. But, “to pinpoint this is not going to be easy.”


Continue reading "Found: A Quadrillion Ways for String Theory to Make Our Universe" by Anil Ananthaswamy in Scientific American, March 28, 2019.