Simons Foundation Lectures are free public colloquia related to basic science and mathematics. These high-level talks are intended for professors, students, postdocs and business professionals, but interested people from the metropolitan area are welcome as well.
In recent decades, physicists and astronomers have discovered two beautiful standard models, one for the quantum world of extremely short distances and one for the universe as a whole. Both models have had spectacular success, but there are also strong arguments for new physics beyond these models.
In this lecture, Nathan Seiberg will review these models, their successes and their shortfalls. He will describe how experiments in the near future could point to new physics to suggest a profound conceptual revolution in our understanding of the world.