Superstrings, Calabi-Yau manifolds and machine learning

18 Dec 2020 | 5:00 pm

Yang Hui talks about how string phenomenology has led from differential geometry to computational geometry and now to machine learning.


String theory—with its cornerstones of supersymmetry and extra space-time dimensions—has been a muse to pure mathematics. The discipline has provided novel methods of attack for a myriad of mathematical problems: from enumerative geometry to Moonshine, from quantum invariants to mock modular forms. Central to string theory is the study of Calabi-Yau manifolds, which serve as a beacon to such important investigations as compactification, mirror symmetry, moduli space and duality.

In this talk, Yang-Hui reviews how the problem of string phenomenology led physics first to algebraic and differential geometry, then to computational geometry, and now to data science and AI. How did this pencil-and-paper driven field become increasingly suited to computational techniques? Within the playground of the Calabi-Yau landscape, accumulated over four decades by physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists, He shows how the latest techniques in machine-learning can help explore problems of physical and mathematical interest. This talk is a taster of his book The Calabi-Yau Landscape: from Geometry, to Physics, to Machine-Learning.

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Superstrings, Calabi-Yau manifolds and machine learning


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Yang Hui

Yang-Hui He is Professor of Mathematics at City University of London, Chang-Jiang Chair Professor at NanKai University and Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford. He studied at Princeton, Cambridge and MIT and works at the interface of geometry, string theory and machine-learning.