Mathematics of the Standard Model

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 15:00 to 15:50
703 Thackeray Hall
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University of Pittsburgh

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In a heroic triumph of principled physics intuition, Einstein breathed life into the geometry of space and time, replacing the dynamical gravitational field of Newton with the curvature of spacetime itself.  Since then Hermann Weyl realized that other natural phenomena were subject to a similar geometric description.  Today, all forces are understood as coming from a beautiful geometrical structure we now refer to as "The Standard Model".  This talk will tell the tale of how differential geometry became the only language a physicist needs to speak, and what it has to do with how quarks interact with each other to make all of us.