Frank Anthony Wilczek (born May 15, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist, mathematician and a Nobel laureate. He is currently the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Founding Director of T. D. Lee Institute and Chief Scientist at the Wilczek Quantum Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) and full Professor at Stockholm University.
Wilczek, along with David Gross and H. David Politzer, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 "for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction."
Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder, or rather is it in the lining of our universe? Nobel prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek answers this question, traversing over 2,000 years of contemplation on the place of beauty within science and art. Beauty has always perplexed us, attracting thinkers from Pythagoras, Plato, Newton, and Einstein to its intrusive call. Though our understanding of beauty, science, and art has evolved significantly, our inborn fascination hasn’t diminished, leaving Wilczek to propose that perhaps the physical structure of the universe is built by beauty. Perhaps, at the most fundamental level, the math that stitches the world together gives birth to forms we recognize as inherently lovely—perhaps a simple number blooms color, a flower, or maybe even a song.
A world of quarks, axions, electromagnetism, and dark matter, the field of quantum physics is mystifying. Even those who’ve never taken an introductory physics class are captivated by its ability to transport wonderers elsewhere—even if they only comprehend a fraction of what they hear. Author of A Beautiful Question and winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize for his work on asymptotic freedom, Frank Wilczek returns with a concise meditation on the tenets of contemporary science. Pulling resonant scientific facts from the challenging armor of mathematics, Wilczek’s work covers the lifespan of the universe, the wonder of dark matter, and the thorny dilemma of free will.
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