Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Research 2.1 Fields medal work 2.2 M-theory 2.3 Other work 3 Awards and honors 4 Personal life 5 Selected publications 6 References 7 External links Early life and education[edit]
Witten was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to a
Although he is definitely a physicist (as his list of publications clearly shows) his command of mathematics is rivaled by few mathematicians, and his ability to interpret physical ideas in mathematical form is quite unique. Time and again he has surprised the mathematical community by a brilliant application of physical insight leading to new and deep mathematical theorems... [H]e has made a profound impact on contemporary mathematics. In his hands physics is once again providing a rich source of inspiration and insight in mathematics.
As an example of Witten's work in pure mathematics, Atiyah cites his
application of techniques from quantum field theory to the
mathematical subject of low-dimensional topology. In the late 1980s,
Witten coined the term topological quantum field theory for a certain
type of physical theory in which the expectation values of observable
quantities encode information about the topology of spacetime.[9] In
particular, Witten realized that a physical theory now called
Another of his contributions to physics was to the result of
gauge/gravity duality. In 1997,
Some Problems in the Short Distance Analysis of Gauge Theories.
Princeton University, 1976. (Dissertation.)
Roman Jackiw, David Gross, Sam B. Treiman, Edward Witten, Bruno
Zumino. Current Algebra and Anomalies: A Set of Lecture Notes and
Papers. World Scientific, 1985.
Green, M., John H. Schwarz, and E. Witten. Superstring Theory. Vol. 1,
Introduction. Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics. Cambridge,
UK: Cambridge University Press, 1988. ISBN 9780521357524.
Green, M., John H. Schwarz, and E. Witten. Superstring Theory. Vol. 2,
Loop Amplitudes, Anomalies and Phenomenology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge
University Press, 1988. ISBN 9780521357531.
Quantum fields and strings: a course for mathematicians. Vols. 1, 2.
Material from the
References[edit] ^ "Announcement of 2016 Winners". World Cultural Council. June 6,
2016. Archived from the original on June 7, 2016. Retrieved June 6,
2016.
^ a b c d Woit, Peter (2006). Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String
Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law. New York: Basic
Books. p. 105. ISBN 0-465-09275-6.
^ a b c
^ Witten, Ed. "The 2014
External links[edit] Wikimedia Commons has media related to Edward Witten. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Edward Witten Faculty webpage
Publications on ArXiv
O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Edward Witten", MacTutor
History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews .
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Fellows Frances Ashcroft Anthony Barrett Rosa Beddington Derek Briggs Simon Campbell Ian Carmichael Lorna Casselton John Brian Clegg David Cockayne David Delpy Derek Denton Raymond Dixon Athene Donald Philip England Douglas Fearon Gary Gibbons Timothy Gowers Ron Grigg Alan Hall Peter L. Knight John Paul Maier Barry Marshall Iain Mattaj Ernest McCulloch John G. McWhirter John Mollon John Ockendon John Pethica Dolph Schluter John G. Shepherd Joseph Silk James Stirling Alfred G. Sykes Janet Thornton John F. Toland Tony Trewavas Alan Walker Graham Barry Warren Denis Weaire Peter M. Williams Robert Williamson Magdi Yacoub Foreign Robert Huber Marc Kirschner G. Ledyard Stebbins Gilbert Stork Edward Witten Richard Zare v t e Fields Medalists 1936 Ahlfors Douglas 1950 Schwartz Selberg 1954 Kodaira Serre 1958 Roth Thom 1962 Hörmander Milnor 1966 Atiyah Cohen Grothendieck Smale 1970 Baker Hironaka Novikov Thompson 1974 Bombieri Mumford 1978 Deligne Fefferman Margulis Quillen 1982 Connes Thurston Yau 1986 Donaldson Faltings Freedman 1990 Drinfeld Jones Mori Witten 1994 Bourgain Lions Yoccoz Zelmanov 1998 Borcherds Gowers Kontsevich McMullen 2002 Lafforgue Voevodsky 2006 Okounkov Perelman (declined) Tao Werner 2010 Lindenstrauss Ngô Smirnov Villani 2014 Avila Bhargava Hairer Mirzakhani Book Category Mathematics portal v t e
Fundamental physics Nima Arkani-Hamed, Alan Guth, Alexei Kitaev, Maxim Kontsevich, Andrei
Linde, Juan Maldacena, Nathan Seiberg, Ashoke Sen, Edward Witten
(2012)
Special: Stephen Hawking, Peter Jenni,
Life sciences Cornelia Bargmann, David Botstein, Lewis C. Cantley, Hans Clevers,
Titia de Lange, Napoleone Ferrara, Eric Lander, Charles Sawyers,
Robert Weinberg,
Mathematics Simon Donaldson, Maxim Kontsevich, Jacob Lurie,
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