The KITP Public Lecture Series
The Biological Future of Theoretical Physics
sponsored by Friends of KITP
The search for Nature’s fundamental laws has been the bread and butter of theoretical physics for hundreds of years. But what will theoretical physics look like in 100 years? In 1000 years? Despite recent progress in particle physics and cosmology, there are good reasons to believe that this hunt will run up against limits, both intellectual and social, long before then. What is to be done? There is a different kind of theoretical physics, challenging and important and more‑or-less neglected, and Dr. Callan will argue this new type of physics will dominate the attention of physicists in the future. “Physics of Living Matter” is one way to describe it, and he will take you through the advances that are paving this new path for the next generation of theoretical physicists.