Emmy Noether and the Fabric of Reality

Presenter Full Name
Dr. Ransom Stephens
Year & Semester
2011 Fall
Presentation Date
November 14, 2011

Dr. Ransom Stephens will discuss Emmy Noether, a female Jewish intellectual in Nazi Germany, who made perhaps the most significant discovery of the 20th century. Noether’s Theorem ties the laws of nature directly to the geometry of space and time, the very fabric of reality. It is the basis for all modern theories of physics. Two things should bother you about Noether’s Theorem: (1) how come so few people have heard of Emmy Noether? and (2) why isn’t her theorem well known to lovers of science? [Available on DVD in the SSU library.]