Heisenberg and the Search for a Final Theory: An Interview


In 1916, Albert Einstein suggested for the first time that it would be necessary to merge his newly constructed general theory of relativity and the emerging quantum theory. One hundred years later, this challenge remains unanswered, and the problem of constructing a theory of “quantum gravity” (as such a hypothetical merging came to be known) has become synonymous with physicists’ search for a final, fundamental theory. In 2018 Alexander Blum begins a new Max Planck Research Group, Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program, which will reflect on and evaluate this century-long search using the methods of historical epistemology. In this video, Alex traces his path to the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and explains the relevance of his research in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI).

MPIWG, Berlin and AEI, Potsdam-Golm