HMC Physics Colloquium

Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460

Antonio Aurilia

Cal Poly Pomona

Is There a Maximal Force In The Universe?

Nov. 16, 2010

Modern physics brakes down the fundamental forces of nature into four components: gravity, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force. Together, these four forces account for all the physical phenomena we observe in the universe. As remarkable as this is, many physicists today believe that the “four” interactions may be combined into just one fundamental interaction, including gravity which, unlike the other fundamental forces, has proven to be much more elusive in this grand scheme of unification. The central question we address in this talk is: is this unified theory of everything, the “holy grail” of contemporary physics really possible? Is there such a Superforce in nature? And if so, where is to be found?