Physicist Garrett Lisi will be presenting “A Geometric Theory of Everything” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Engineering 2, Room 102.
In this talk, rich in graphics, Lisi will describe the fundamental geometry of our universe and some new ideas about unification.
Everything in our universe is composed of elementary particle fields interacting, according to the laws of quantum physics. These balanced physical interactions correspond to the geometry of elegant mathematical structures twisting over spacetime. By examining the pattern of particle interactions we see that these structures describing our universe appear to be parts of a larger structure, long revered by mathematicians for its complex beauty.
After Lisi received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego he moved to the island of Maui to find an optimum balance between surfing and pursuing his own theoretical research. Driven to solve a mystery in the foundation of Quantum Field Theory, Lisi soon found himself looking at the most beautiful unified model of particle physics anyone had ever seen.
His story and work have been featured on TED and in Outside magazine, The New Yorker and recently in Scientific American.