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Ruben Verresen

I'm currently a PhD student at Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.

An unsolicited list of some of my favourite concepts in physics:

  • Topological phases of matter
  • Pretty much all incarnations of topology in physics
  • Pretty much all topology
  • Relation between entanglement and geometry
  • Renormalization and effective theories (okay okay pretty standard stuff from a curriculum point of view, but so beautiful...)
  • Anything John Baez has written about
  • Most things Penrose has written about
  • How scattering amplitudes in spacetime can be rewritten as holomorphic knot invariants in twistor space (!)
  • Boltzmann's entropic reasoning
  • Shape dynamics (coincides with GR in most ways but is conceptually more pleasing and also gives radical re-interpretations of black holes etc)
  • Pilot-wave theory (it's mainly great for explicitly showing that quantum mechanics at least allows for a realistic interpretation, but I realize most people don't care; under-appreciated is the fact that it can be useful for semi-classical descriptions)
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