Are we near the end of space and time? Robbert Dijkgraaf's focus is on string theory, quantum gravity, and the interface between mathematics and particle physics, bringing them together in an accessible way, looking at sciences, the arts and other matters.
Professor Robbert Dijkgraaf
Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University
of Amsterdam and President of the RoyalNetherlandsAcademy of Arts and
Professor Dijkgraaf studied physics and
mathematics at UtrechtUniversity. He gained his
PhD cum laude in 1989 with Nobel Prize-winner Gerard 't Hooft. He held
positions at PrincetonUniversity and Princeton's
Institute for Advanced Study.
His current focus is on string theory, quantum
gravity, and the interface between mathematics and particle physics. In 2003
his research was rewarded with the NWO Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific
award in the Netherlands.
Many of his activities are at the interface between
science and society.He writes columns, is involved in a popular TV science
programme and initiated www.proefjes.nl (science education). Professor
Dijkgraaf was member of the Innovation Platform, chaired by the Prime Minister.
Professor Dijkgraaf is co-chair of the InterAcademy Council.
Robbert Dijkgraaf, Dutch mathematical physicist and string theorist, discusses the greatest "known unknown" of the universe, dark energy. Dark matter and energy comprise approximately 96% of the universe, but know physicists know little about the physical phenomena.