Frank Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004 for work that he did as a twenty-one-year-old graduate student. His 1989 book, Longing for the Harmonies, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. A regular contributor to Nature and Physics Today, Wilczek's work has also been included in Best American Science Writing and The Norton Anthology of Light Verse. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is currently the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT.
Appearing during the middle two hours,Nobel Prize winning physicist Prof. Frank Wilczek discussed theoretical physics, and the hidden structures of space and reality. The search is on for a unified theory that will connect the four known forces in the universe, and uncover nature at its smallest component, he said. The foundation for nature is what he calls 'The Grid,' an entity that fills all space. Space itself (containing dark energy) has pressure and density, which makes it quite tangible, he noted. One of the most fascinating questions to Wilczek, is how the rules of the quantum world give rise to mind and inner experience. Helooks forward to tests at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider to reveal new kinds of particles and interactions. Wilczek also shared his theory that humans are "transitional forms." We can think, reason, and create but not very well, he said-- but our descendants, who'll advance with technology, will have what would appear to us as "god-like po ... More »Host: George Noory