- 23:58 23 October 2009 by Ivan Semeniuk, Waterloo
It’s not your average confession show: a panel of leading physicists spilling the beans about what keeps them tossing and turning in the wee hours.
That was the scene a few days ago in front of a packed auditorium at the Perimeter Institute, in Waterloo, Canada, when a panel of physicists was asked to respond to a single question: “What keeps you awake at night?”
The discussion was part of “Quantum to Cosmos“, a 10-day physics extravaganza, which ends on Sunday.
While most panelists professed to sleep very soundly, here are seven key conundrums that emerged during the session, which can be viewed here.
Why this universe?
What is everything made of?
How does complexity happen?
Will string theory ever be proved correct?
What is the singularity?
What is reality really?