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Sabine Hossenfelder

Sabine Hossenfelder

Thursday, October 4, 2018
"Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray"

Sabine Hossenfelder is a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, a theoretical physicist, science writer, blogger and the author of Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray (Basic Books/Fischer, 2018). She has published more than 60 research articles on topics ranging from the physics of black holes to cosmology to the foundations of quantum mechanics. In the last decade, her research has centered on the question of where best to search for experimental evidence of quantum gravity. More broadly, her research examines the foundations of physics and extends to the philosophy and sociology of science. Since 2006, she has actively maintained the popular science blog, Backreaction. With support from the Foundational Questions Institute, Hossenfelder has also produced several music videos in collaboration with Timo Alho and Apostolos Vasilidis. Her recent videos include “Catching Light” on the ideas of Einstein and “Schrödinger’s Cat,” which explores the famous thought experiment of the same name.

After earning degrees in Mathematics and Physics, Hossenfelder completed her PhD in Theoretical Physics at the J.W. Goethe Institüt in Frankfurt, Germany in 2003, writing a dissertation on “Black Holes in Extra Large Dimensions.” She subsequently pursued post-doctoral work with fellowships at the GSI/Heavy Ion Society in Darmstadt, Germany, the University of Arizona, the University of California at Santa Barbara and Perimeter Institute at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, before taking up a professorial position at Nordita in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sabine Hossenfelder regularly writes articles for a popular audience on research in physics. Her writing has been published in Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, New Scientist, Quanta Magazine, Nautilus, Edge and Aeon, among other venues. Sabine is a member of the German Physical Society, the American Physical Society and the Foundational Questions Institute.

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Published on October 04, 2018

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