Allan Adams is a theoretical physicist working at the intersection of fluid dynamics, quantum field theory and string theory.

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Allan Adams is a theoretical physicist working at the intersection of fluid dynamics, quantum field theory and string theory.  His latest work uses the physics of black holes to study turbulence in quantum liquids.  He is currently working on disorder in many-body systems and pondering the duality between 2d gauge theories and topological 4-manifolds.  Adams earned his AB from Harvard, his MA from Berkeley and his PhD from Stanford before spending three years at Harvard as a Junior Fellow.  In 2006, Adams moved to MIT where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and CTP.

 

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“Having grown up as a string theorist, Adams is now excited about the application of stringy ideas to superconductivity and the physics of disordered materials.” — Story Collider

Allan Adams’ TED talks

Allan Adams on the TED Blog

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The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014

March 20, 2014

Allan Adams “became a physicist to understand how the world works at its most fundamental level.” Adams, a professor of theoretical physics at MIT, points out that the things we’ve learned so far are pretty incredible: We know the universe began just 13.8 billion years ago, and have a pretty good idea how it’s going […]

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Why?: The speakers in session 7 of TED2014

March 20, 2014

Humans, ever-meaning-making creatures, will never cease to wonder: Why are things the way they are? Why do I think the way I do? And what does it all mean? Welcome to Session 7 of TED2014, in which speakers will ask big questions about how we — and the world — work. Here are the speakers […]

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Allan Adams and Randall Munroe explain a physics discovery at TED2014

March 19, 2014

In a surprise talk tonight, Allan Adams took the stage to explain a remarkable discovery announced just yesterday. And since he’s here and is amazing, Randall Munroe of xkcd illustrated the talk. As Adams tells us, if you look into the night sky, you see stars … and if you look further, you see more stars. […]

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