The work of the theoretical physicist dangles just beyond easy comprehension: A world of multiple dimensions, vibrating strings and conceptual leaps, through which only an expert guide can lead you. Enter Lisa Randall, Harvard professor and pioneering string theorist, who’ll take us on a tour of the world’s extra dimensions at TED2006.
Randall’s work centers on the existence of these extra dimensions (beyond the three we perceive) a topic she explores in her book, Warped Passages. There’s a great piece on her research in The Times today, including this fascinating factoid: Randall was in the same high school class as fellow string theorist Brian Greene (TED2005), author of The Elegant Universe. It begs the question: Who taught that high school physics class?