Steven Gubser, Princeton physicist and author of The Little Book of String Theory, recaps recent experiments performed with the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Gubser describes how scientists have used the machine to smash gold nuclei together at near-light speeds, resulting in quark-gluon plasma -- a low-viscosity state of matter that may be as much as 200,000 times hotter than the center of the Sun.
Explore the mysteries of quantum mechanics, black holes, strings, branes, supersymmetry, and extra dimensions.
In this engaging and concise introduction to the main ideas in string theory, Steven Gubser gives a quick tour of the basic laws of physics as we understand them today. And then, he demonstrates how string theory seeks to go beyond them. - California Academy of Sciences
Steven S. Gubser is a professor of physics at Princeton University. His research focuses on theoretical particle physics, especially string theory, and the AdS/CFT correspondence. He is a widely cited scholar in these and other related areas.
After receiving a Ph.D. in 1998 from Princeton, Gubser did postdoctoral research at Harvard University before taking a position as an assistant professor at Princeton. In 2001, he moved to the California Institute of Technology but returned again to Princeton in 2002.
As a high schooler, he was the first American to win the International Physics Olympiad, in 1989. He was also a silver medalist at the 1990 International Chemistry Olympiad.