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Jun 18 – 20, 2024
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
America/Toronto timezone

Survey of a PSIon and building Jordan Geometry

Jun 18, 2024, 11:30 AM
PI/1-100 - Theatre (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)

PI/1-100 - Theatre

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics



Shane Farnsworth (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics)


In honor of the 15 year anniversary of the PSI program I ran an unofficial survey in which I asked the alumni from all years a number of fun questions about their lives, views, and experiences since leaving the program. The first part of my talk is a presentation of some of the survey results, covering questions like 'how many papers have you written?', and 'do you think AI will destroy humanity?'. The second part of my talk follows more of my own story, and covers a research program that I initiated while studying at the Perimeter Institute. Specifically, while a doctoral student I initiated the development of nonassociative spectral geometry together with Latham Boyle. The talk will be non-technical and will focus on the most beautiful and big picture ideas of the construction. I will explain why nonassociative geometry is interesting for particle physics, why it is difficult to develop, and how after many years I was recently able to successfully construct the first complete such geometries in collaboration with French Mathematician Fabien Besnard.

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