The interplay between mathematics and physics has, in recent years,
become so profound that the lines have been blurred. The two disciplines,
long complementary, have begun a deep and fundamental relationship.
I call this blending "physmatics," and illustrate it with
an example of duality from string theory. I then discuss the purely
mathematical interpretation of this symmetry.
Eric Zaslow was named Clay Senior Scholar at the Thematic Program on
The Geometry of String Theory 2004 - 2005 a joint program of the Fields
Institute and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He will spend
November 2004 and two months in Spring 2005 in residence.
Mathematical Physics. Zaslow studies mathematical aspects of string
theory, most recently focusing on mirror symmetry of Calabi-Yau threefolds.
This involves enumerative invariants, minimal submanifolds, and the
equivalence of D-brane categories.