Physical law and the quest for mathematical understanding

Edward Witten

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Abstract

The theoretical physics of the first quarter of the twentieth century-centering around relativity theory and nonrelativistic quantum mechanics-has had a broad influence mathematically. The main achievement of theoretical physics in the following half-century was the development of quantum field theory or QFT. Yet the mathematical influence of QFT still belongs largely to the 21st century, because its mathematical foundations are still not well-understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalBulletin of the American Mathematical Society
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Applied Mathematics

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