Inside black holes and at early times in the history of the Universe, the laws of physics break down, as shown by the singularity theorems of Hawking and Penrose. Quantum mechanics is believed to be able to restore the rule of physical law also in these extreme environments. Verifying this belief requires unifying Einstein’s general relativity with quantum mechanics, two of the fundamental pillars of physics, a problem which is arguably one of central scientific problems of our time.
Albert Einstein Chair in Theoretical Physics, Ben-Gurion University
Visiting member, Flatiron Institute, Center for Computational Astrophysics, New York, NY.
Short term member, Institute for Advanced study, Princeton, New Jersey.