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The IHPST is excited to host Sabine Hossenfelder for our next colloquium, speaking on “Lost in Math – How Beauty Misleads Physics”. Dr. Hossenfelder is a physicist, philosopher, and popular blogger.

For her talk, she will be arguing:

A good theory of nature should be “natural,” according to theoretical physicists. In the foundations of physics, naturalness has obtained a mathematical definition and it has become one of the most important criteria for theory development. The criterion is working badly, but physicists continue to use it nevertheless. Why? In this talk, I will summarize the historical roots of naturalness and discuss its legacy.

Institute graduate student Noah Stemeroff will be acting as her respondent.

The event will be held November 15, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Old Victoria College.

Full details are here.