John Baez

Lecture at the Faculté des Sciences, Luminy, Marseille

February 27, 2006

Fundamental Physics: Where We Stand Today

Since the discovery of the W and Z particles over twenty years ago, no truly novel prediction of fundamental theoretical physics has been confirmed by experiment, except perhaps Guth's inflationary cosmology. On the other hand, observations in astronomy have revealed shocking new facts which our theories do not really explain: most of our universe consists of "dark matter" and "dark energy". Where does fundamental physics stand today, and why has theory become divorced from experiment?
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On a more touristic note, you can also see some pictures I took near Marseille around the time I gave this talk.

© 2006 John Baez - except for images (the above image was produced by the ESO)