Colloquia Archive 2015

Dec142015

At the frontier of Particle PhysicsNigel GLOVER

I discuss the current status of particle physics, and aim to answer questions such as Where are we now? What is special about the Higgs boson? What questions remain to ...

Dec112015

How predictable is evolution?Joachim KRUG

The relative importance of determinism and contingency in biological evolution is the subject of a long-standing debate. In the words of Stephen J. Gould, if we could replay the tape ...

Oct302015

Galaxy Formation at its PeakAvishai DEKEL

The way galaxies form and evolve is a major open question in cosmology. Rapid progress is made based on observations and simulations of galaxies during the peak of their assembly ...

Oct092015

The topological glassMatthew TURNER

Ring polymers represent one of the last major theoretical challenges facing polymer physics. The essential difficulty lies in the non- local nature of the topological constraint associated with polymers of ...

Sep252015

The Higgs boson as InflatonFred JEGERLEHNER

The Higgs boson mass miraculously turns out to have a value which has been expected form vacuum stability up to the Planck scale. This opens the possibility that the Higgs ...

Jun262015

Big Bang or Freeze?Christof WETTERICH

We discuss a unified picture where both inflation and a present dynamical dark energy arise from the same scalar field. The history of the Universe describes a crossover from a ...

Mar132015

Topological tools for the real worldJean-Luc THIFFEAULT

Topology is emerging as an important new tool for understanding our world. Computational homology, for example, has become standard for analyzing the connectivity of large-dimensional data sets. Here I present ...