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QMAP Colloquium: Symmetries, Duality, and the Unity of Physics

QMAP Seminar

Speaker: Nathan Seiberg, IAS
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Fri, Mar 1 2019, 4:10PM

Global symmetries and gauge symmetries have played a crucial role in physics. The idea of duality demonstrates that gauge symmetries can be emergent and might not be fundamental. During the past decades it became clear that the circle of ideas about emergent gauge symmetries and duality is central in different branches of physics including Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Field Theory, and Quantum Gravity. We will review these developments, which highlight the unity of physics.