Emmy Noether on Ada Lovelace Day
It’s been an interesting morning. We had no electricity in the School for most of the morning owing to a power cut, but it was eventually restored while I was away at a meeting elsewhere on campus. Before that I was delayed getting into work because there was an explosion in central Brighton which disrupted the bus service I use to get to Falmer campus. That palaver provides me with a reasonable justification for not having much time to write a blog today.
However, since today is Ada Lovelace day, on which we celebrate inspiring stories of women in science and technology, I thought I’d post a (rather long) video about pioneering mathematical physicist Emmy Noether who is undoubtedly one of the most underrated physicists of all time. When I used to teach Theoretical Particle Physics many moons ago I spent quite a bit of time talking about the very deep connections that Noether uncovered between symmetry and conservation laws. Most of the students were well aware of the laws of conservation of energy and momentum, say, but unaware of the relationship between these laws and symmetries under time and space translations respectively. Making this connection helps to develop a much deeper understanding of many areas of physics. It’s also a very beautiful bit of mathematical analysis.Follow @telescoper