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Sabine Hossenfelder
Sabine Hossenfelder.jpg
Born18 September 1976
NationalityGerman
Alma materGoethe University Frankfurt
EmployerFrankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Known forQuantum gravity

Sabine Hossenfelder.jpg

Sabine Hossenfelder (born 18 September 1976) is a Theoretical Physicist who researches quantum gravity. She is a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. She is the author of "Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray", which explores the elegance in fundamental physics and cosmology.

Education[edit | edit source]

Hossenfelder completed her undergraduate degree in 1997 at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main.[1] She remained there for a Masters degree under the supervision of Walter Greiner, entitled "Particle Production in Time Dependent Gravitational Fields", which she completed in 2000.[2] Hossenfelder received her doctorate "Black Holes in Large Extra Dimensions" from the same institution in 2003, under the supervision of Horst Stöcker.[3]

Research[edit | edit source]

Hossenfelder remained in Germany until 2004 as a postdoctoral researcher at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany.[1] She moved to North America and completed research fellowships at the University of Arizona, Tuscon, University of California, Santa Barbara and Perimeter Institute, Canada.[4][5][6] She joined Nordita Institute for Theoretical Physics, Sweden in 2009 as an Assistant Professor.[7][8] In 2018 she was a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.[9]

Hossenfelder's research interest is in the phenomenology of quantum gravity.[7] She focuses on the role of Lorentz invariance and locality, which would be altered in the discovery of quantum gravity.[7] Hossenfelder is trying to find experimental evidence of quantum gravity.[10][11][12][13] Since 2007 she has been involved with the annual conference series "Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity".[14] Hossenfelder has created a number of YouTube videos exploring the topic.[15][16][17]

Public engagement[edit | edit source]

Hossenfelder is a freelance popular science writer who has kept a blog since 2006.[18] She contributes to the Forbes column "Starts with a Bang" as well as Quanta Magazine, New Scientist, Nature, Scientific American and Physics Today.[19][20][21][22][23][24] In 2016, Hossenfelder offered to act as a physics consultant on her blog—$50 USD for twenty minutes of discussion—and had to recruit five extra physicists to deal with the demand.[25][26] In 2017 she created cards featuring pioneering quantum physicists.[27] Live Science and The Guardian quoted Hossenfelder as an authority when trying to evaluate the importance of Stephen Hawking's last scientific publication.[28][29]

Basic Books decided to publish Hossenfelder's first book, Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, scheduling its release for June 2018.[30]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 User, Super. "Sabine". sabinehossenfelder.com (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-01-27.
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  4. "The Multiverse at Perimeter | Not Even Wrong". www.math.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  5. Horgan, John. "Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder Fears Theorists, Lacking Data, May Succumb to "Wishful Thinking"". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Mühlen, Hans. "Sabine Hossenfelder - NORDITA". www.nordita.org. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
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  9. "Sabine Hossenfelder | Edge.org". www.edge.org. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  10. User, Super. "Sabine". sabinehossenfelder.com (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  11. Sabine Hossenfelder (2015-10-10). "News from Quantum Gravity Phenomenology".
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  14. "Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity (19-30 September 2016)". Indico - FIAS Events. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  15. Sabine Hossenfelder (2017-10-11), What could we learn from quantum gravity?, retrieved 2018-01-27
  16. Selen Atalay (2016-08-27), Sabine Hossenfelder talks about Quantum Gravity Phenomonology in 3 mins, retrieved 2018-01-27
  17. Sabine Hossenfelder (2012-07-30), My research area: The Phenomenology of Quantum Gravity, retrieved 2018-01-27
  18. "About". backreaction.blogspot.ch. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  19. "Strangely familiar: Is dark matter normal stuff in disguise?". New Scientist. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  20. Bang, Starts With A. "Why Trust A Theory? Physicists And Philosophers Debate The Scientific Method". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
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  23. "Sabine Hossenfelder | Quanta Magazine". www.quantamagazine.org. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  24. Hossenfelder, Sabine. "What Quantum Gravity Needs Is More Experiments". Nautilus.
  25. "Q&A with Sabine Hossenfelder: Consultant for Armchair Physicists". www.aps.org. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  26. "What I learned as a hired consultant to autodidact physicists – Sabine Hossenfelder | Aeon Ideas". Aeon. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  27. "physicsworld.com". blog.physicsworld.com. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  28. "Stephen Hawking's Last Paper (Probably) Doesn't Prove We Live in a Multiverse". Live Science. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  29. Sample, Ian (2018-03-14). "A life in science: Stephen Hawking". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  30. Hossenfelder, Sabine (2018). Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465094264.


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