Talk by Michael Atiyah on February one

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On Tuesday February First, at eleven in Salle 5 of College de France, Sir Michael Atiyah will deliver a talk entitled “A Geometor explores the Universe”. His abstract is the following:

"In the past decades theoretical physicists have been using ever more sophisticated mathematics to model the universe and its fundamental forces. Quantum Theory and Geometry are the two main ingredients but there are different schools of thought on how to fuse them together.
Einstein, with his success in General Relativity, argued for the primacy of Geometry and Dirac said we should be guided by beauty.  I belong to this camp and am tentatively exploring some new ideas."

6 thoughts on “Talk by Michael Atiyah on February one

  1. fp_iml

    Almost fifteen minutes after the beginning of the video, Atiyah asks to Pr.Connes: Is this shifted Dirac operator related to the Connes model of two copies of space time close together? Hence, Pr.Connes: do you have an answer or is this too speculative? I see on arxiv that other people are trying to give some physical interpretation or consequences to this two copies of the universe for instance: Non commutative spectral geometry, algebra doubling and the seeds of quantization (Sakellariadou, Stabile, Vitiello) (arXiv:1106.4164) which seems quite speculative??
    What is your thinking? Do you think that a physical interpretation is missing?

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