Odyssey: Introduction to Quantum Field Theory and Strings

Quantum field theory (QFT) is one of the most successful mathematical and empirical theories of the last century. As a picture of elementary particles, it has led to stunning predictions, like the recently discovered Higgs Boson. Currently, the theory has been linked with theories of space time in order to build a new picture of quantum gravity. This class will provide an introduction to modern QFT and state-of-the-art research in quantum gravity and string theory, known as AdS/CFT. Students will explore the paradoxes and the mathematical structure of QFT and delve deeply into the philosophical underpinnings of contemporary physical theory. Although this is the third course in a series that includes an introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, it can stand alone and be taken by anyone with the ability to think abstractly. No advanced mathematics is required.

914.594.01 Homewood campus
Thursdays, Nov. 1 to Dec.13, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.; no class Nov. 22
Cost: $153 (six sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more details.