The Problems of Physics
A conversation with Sir Anthony J. Leggett

In 1987, Tony Leggett penned The Problems of Physics, acutely highlighting the key foundational problems of the age. Tony discusses with Howard what has happened since then and what has changed.

About Sir Anthony J. Leggett:

Sir Anthony J. Leggett is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was awarded the 1992 Dirac Medal, the 2002/2003 Wolf Prize and the 2003 Nobel Prize.

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A video of a lecture given by Professor Leggett

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: The Problems of Physics Redux (1:36)

Chapter 2: The Very Small (4:41)

Chapter 3: The Very Large (8:33)

Chapter 4: The Very Complex (16:16)

Chapter 5: What it Means to Understand (26:35)

Chapter 6: Foundations (31:29)

Chapter 7: Schrödinger’s Cat and the Measurement Problem (44:03)

Chapter 8: The Slings and Arrows of Time (52:12)

Chapter 9: The Anthropic Principle (1:07:16)

Chapter 10: Louis Armstrong and the Future of Physics (1:14:41)

Credits (1:22:46)