General Relativity and Quantum mechanics: Why Don't They Get Married?
Abstract: General Relativity is 100 years old, Quantum Mechanics is about 90. They are almost perfect in their immediate domain of application: the former in macroscopic scales, the latter in microscopic ones without gravity. They are built on completely different principles, which make it hard to unify them to explain strong gravity regimes such as the big bang and the black hole interiors, especially the singularity. We shall give a summary of the need for this marriage and the reasons why it has failed so far.
Reminder: Tea and cookies will be in the seminar room before the seminar.