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The biggest question: What next?

In fundamental research about the universe, “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer. In fact, it’s the most exciting answer. 
 
“I’ve never come across a group of people so excited about not knowing something,” said Ian O’Neill, Space producer at Discovery.com and moderator of the closing panel at Convergence. 
 
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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Emmy Noether

One slide featuring six photographs stood as the ultimate testament to the ongoing legacy of pioneer mathematician Emmy Noether.

At the end of two talks that described Noether’s career, her groundbreaking theorems, and her work’s ongoing impact, cosmologist Ruth Gregory showed a slide featuring the six women who are mathematical physics faculty at the University of Durham.

“That is Noether’s legacy, and I think she would have been jazzed to see this slide,” Gregory said.

The public lecture about Emmy Noether ended the first day of Convergence.

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Convergence Profile: Aysha Abdel-Aziz

PI: Breakthroughs often happen at the broken places, or where things are at a standstill. What's the most exciting broken place for you?
 
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Convergence Profile: Mae Hwee Teo

PI: Scientific discoveries often happen where two or more fields intersect. What is your favourite scientific intersection,and why?
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Convergence Profile: Maria Spiropulu

PI: Scientific discoveries often happen where two or more fields intersect. What is your favourite scientific intersection, and why?
 
MS: I am very intrigued on the connections of quantum entanglement with cosmology, because the quantum nature of our universe seems to be behind puzzling phenomena at most scales.
 
PI: Breakthroughs often happen at the broken places. What's the most exciting broken place for you?
 
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Convergence Profile: Sara Seager

PI: Scientific discoveries often happen where two or more fields intersect. What is your favourite scientific intersection,and why?
 
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Convergence Profile: John Preskill

PI: Scientific discoveries often happen where two or more fields intersect. What is your favourite scientific intersection, and why?
 
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Convergence Profile: Nergis Mavalvala

PI: Scientific discoveries often happen where two or more fields intersect. What's your favourite scientific intersection, and why?
 
NM: In my own work, quantum physics and gravitational physics have a very practical intersection. We all know that gravity is a very weak force – people have waxed poetic about how weak it is – and therefore we know that gravitational effects are small. But how small is small? 
 
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Convergence Profile: David “Doddy” Marsh

PI: Scientific discoveries often happen where two or more fields intersect. What is your favourite scientific intersection, and why?
 
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Convergence Profile: Aitor Lewkowycz

PI: Breakthroughs often happen at the broken places. What's the most exciting broken place for you?