Frontiers in String Theory (06w5057)


Brian Greene (Columbia University)

(California Institute of Technology)

(University of Toronto)

Gordon Semenoff (University of British Columbia)


Some of the most high powered theoretical physicists in the world will converge on The Banff Centre next week, where the Banff International Research Station will be hosting a workshop on recent developments in superstring theory. This event is co-organized by Professor Brian Greene of Columbia University, who is also the author of the best-selling book and star of the PBS Nova program entitled ``The Elegant Universe''. Other organizers are string theorists Hirosi Ooguri of Caltech, Amanda Peet and Gordon Semenoff from the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia. The workshop will focus on the hottest new results in superstring theory which is a candidate for a unified theory of the fundamental constitutents of matter and their interactions. It is touted as a solution of the long-standing problem of quantizing gravity and reconciling Einstein's general theory of relativity and the quantum theory. It has many profound consequences which, with the concerted efforts of hundreds of theoretical physicists and mathematicians worldwide, are slowly being unravelled.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is administered by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, which itself is a collaborative venture between the major universities in Alberta, BC and Washington State.