Leonard Susskind, Ph.D.Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics, Stanford University
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Scientists often treat general relativity and quantum mechanics as separate subjects that don’t comfortably fit together. There is a tension, even a contradiction between them — or so one often hears. Leonard Susskind takes exception to this view. He thinks that the opposite is true. While it may be too strong to say that gravity and quantum mechanics are the same thing, the two are inseparable, and neither makes sense without the other.
In this lecture, Susskind will illustrate the quantum mechanical origins of gravitational phenomena such as the existence of wormholes, the growth of the geometry behind black hole horizons, and the most basic of all gravitational effects — the tendency for objects to fall toward massive bodies.
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