Nima Arkani-Hamed: Physics beyond Einstein

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Nima Arkani-HamedTheoretical Physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed talks about China’s plan for the next generation of particle accelerators.

Nima Arkani-Hamed is considered one of the top minds at the forefront of theoretical physics, and a 21st century genius.

Known for being a disruptive force in science over the course of his career, his revolutionary theories about the functioning of the universe openly push boundaries.

Nima Arkani-Hamed: Physics beyond Einstein

Physicist Nima Arkanki-Hamed talks about China's plan to build super particle accelerator.

“Physics is an experimental science,” explained Arkani-Hamed. “We have a lot of mysteries we have a lot of puzzles, but, we need to make measurements and observations in order to give us clues about what the right answers are to some of the big questions facing us.”

Recently, Arkani-Hamed agreed to serve as the inaugural director of a controversial proposal to build the world’s largest particle accelerator in China. The hope is that this powerful machine will find particles that Europe’s Large Hadron Collider cannot, propelling science into a new era of physics research.

“Now, this is not an incremental step for China. It’s a humungous leap compared to anything that they’ve done before,” Arkani-Hamed said. “It’s really ambitious. It’s really big. And that, of course, is what makes it so exciting. It’s really big, as a scientific project.”

Nima Arkani-Hamed joined Mike Walter in our New York studio to talk more about his research, this exciting project and to answer questions about understanding the universe.