NCCR SwissMAP

2014 series

Home institutions: University of Geneva, ETH Zurich

Physicists use the language of mathematics to describe the processes that they observe. However, mathematics is more than a language. It is also a collection of complex, evolving ideas. At the threshold between theoretical physics and mathematics – where the mathematician’s stringency and the physicist’s intuition bear the greatest fruit – both sides benefit from closer cooperation. The NCCR "SwissMAP – The Mathematics of Physics" aims to take this melding of minds to the next level and establish an internationally renowned Swiss Institute for Advanced Research in Mathematics and Physics. The objective is to create a place where researchers can focus on fundamental questions, such as whether string theory really is suitable for describing all of the known force fields and interactions in a uniform Theory of Everything.

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