Leonard Susskind (born January 1, 1940) is an American physicist and the Felix Bloch professor of theoretical physics at Stanford University in the field of string theory and quantum field theory. Susskind is widely regarded as the father of string theory for his early contributions to the String Theory model of particle physics.
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- The standard SU(3)×SU(2)×U(1) theory of strong, electromagnetic, and weak interactions appears to correctly describe physics down to the smallest distance scales yet probed.
- (Jokingly) Sex in ten dimensions is impossible... topologically.
- Lecture "Cosmic landscape and illusion of intelligent design", DESY Hamburg (28 September, 2006).
- The problem with general relativity is that the principles are pretty simple and the computations are always ugly.
- General Relativity Lecture 5, YouTube, published 30 October 2012 (quote at 1:21:46 of 1:39:06)
Quotes about Susskind
- Dozens of other popular authors have written about black holes and string theory, but Gefter’s excitement makes even such overdone subjects seem fresh. And through the whole process, she and her father remain awed by the physicists whose work they’re studying—late in the book, her father even asks Susskind for an autograph.