Tea Break Special Edition

January 19, 2022 - 3PM CET

Steven Weinberg and his legacy

"The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy."

This event can be attended in-person or on ZOOM and will be live streamed


The Galileo Galilei Institute celebrates Steven Weinberg, a founding father of the theory of fundamental interactions and one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the last century. His work has been a source of inspiration and guidance for generations of physicists and is at the heart of current front-line research. This special GGI Tea Breaks' event is dedicated to the research of Steven Weinberg, its impact and legacy in theoretical physics. The programme includes four talks, each focused on a particular broad area of research where the work of Weinberg led to breakthrough progress. His contribution will be put into historical context and its relevance for present-day research will be discussed

R. Contino, G.D'Amico, F. D'Eramo, V. Forini, D. Marzocca, D. Orlando, A. Tesi, R. Torre, A. Sfondrini, E. Trincherini

Time Speaker Title Video Slides
15:00 Welcome
15:10 Riccardo Barbieri (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
The Standard Model of particle physics Video Slides
15:50 Q&A
16:00 Howard M. Georgi (Harvard University)
Effective field theories and the low-energy limit of strong interactions Video Slides
16:40 Q&A
16:50 Coffee Break
17:10 Edward Witten (IAS Princeton)
On the role and meaning of symmetries in field theory
On the role and meaning of symmetries in field theory Video Slides
17:50 Q&A
18:00 Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS Princeton)
Gravity as an effective field theory and the cosmological constant Video
18:40 Q&A
18:50 Discussion and closing

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