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Random Matrices in Three Short Stories – III

Why do we want a quantum theory of gravity? We just want it, okay? Hold on, this isn’t me. This was the American theoretical physicist John Preskill at a conference earlier this year. And though, in almost all probability, he was trying to be funny, this does give an idea about how difficult (and often, frustrating) it is for theoretical physicists to answer why-do-we-want-this or what-use-doing-that questions. Continue reading

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Random Matrices in Three Short Stories

The first story begins with that of my personal hero, Freeman John Dyson. Growing up as a kid in England in the period between the two of the most disastrous wars this planet has seen, Dyson developed a strong interest for everything numbers. This interest, quite naturally, evolved into a passion for physics and mathematics. Continue reading

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