The 20th century was the century of physics. What about the 21st? Though progress on some old problems is frustratingly slow, exciting new questions are emerging in condensed matter physics, nonequilibrium thermodynamics and other fields. And most of all, the 21st century is the dawn of the Anthropocene, in which we will adapt to the realities of life on a finite-sized planet. How can physicists help here? Prof. John Baez from UC Riverside will give insight into the ethos behind the Azimuth Project, his own work in Applied Category Theory, which provides a mathematical language for modelling networks such as ecological systems or entangled quantum states, and more promising topics for the next generation of theoretical physicists.
Prof. John Baez, UC Riverside