CMSA Math-Science Literature Lecture: Is relativity compatible with quantum theory?

12/02/2020 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Arthur Jaffe (Harvard University)

Title: Is relativity compatible with quantum theory?

Abstract: We review the background, mathematical progress, and open questions in the effort to determine whether one can combine quantum mechanics, special relativity, and interaction together into one mathematical theory. This field of mathematics is known as “constructive quantum field theory.”  Physicists believe that such a theory describes experimental measurements made over a 70 year period and now refined to 13-decimal-point precision—the most accurate experiments ever performed.

Talk chair: Zhengwei Liu