Theoretical Physics

Illustration of gravitational waves. (Graphic cropped) Credit: INFN

Theoretical physics seeks to explain and predict all manner of physical phenomena — particular phenomena that can’t be explained with traditional experiments. It does so while crossing and bridging scientific boundaries, including astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.

Kavli Theoretical Physics Institutes

These institutes are contributing to the progress of theoretical physics while also providing the framework for identifying scientific opportunities across multiple research fields. There are two theoretical physics institutes:

Futures Symposia and Frontiers in Science

The Kavli Futures Symposia a series of high quality scientific symposia on topics of emerging importance in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The Frontiers of Science symposia bring together some of the very best young scientists across many disciplines to share and discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields.

Educational Resources

Videos and feature pieces have been created for teachers and students. This includes a video interview with renowned theoretician David Gross, a video introduction and panel discussion on theoretical astrophysics, feature stories, written overview, institute profiles and other materials.