
THEMATIC PROGRAMS 

September 1, 2014  
Overview:Recent successes in string theory have included a microscopic computation of the Bekenstein–Hawking entropy of black holes, and the discovery of holographic dualities between gauge theories and gravity. String theory is, however, still far from fully understood at a fundamental level — even the nature of the underlying degrees of freedom remains elusive. The emphasis of this workshop will be on combining the resources of physicists and mathematicians to better explore and interpret gravitational aspects of string theory. Specific topics of interest for this focused workshop may include the role of black holes, the stringy resolution of curvature singularities (particularly those of a spacelike and cosmological nature) and of regions of bad chronology, warped compactifications and the route to constructing realistic cosmological models, the cosmological dark energy problem, gravity/gauge dualities, noncommutative and matrix theories, and holography. Speakers:
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