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**On August 22**, three leading members of the new dark energy collaboration answered your questions about the dark energy and the expansion of the universe.

What are the origins of math? Is math an inherent part of our reality, or merely something the brain uses to cope with, and explain, our environment? Four scientists discuss (and debate) the merits of both viewpoints.

On February 8th in Japan, the University of Tokyo (Todai) announced that The Kavli Foundation had established an endowment for the university’s Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU). With the endowment, the Institute also became the 16th Kavli institute worldwide – the sixth in astrophysics, third in theoretical physics, and the first to be established in Japan.

At the newest Kavli Institute, solving the biggest mysteries of the cosmos is a "multilingual" enterprise where the research in mathematics, physics and astronomy combine to create a more complete understanding of the universe. A roundtable discussion with the Kavli IPMU's director and deputy directors.

Caltech

Theoretical physics has a beauty particularly appreciated by those highly adept in mathematics. One of those who does grasp the beauty and wonder of the quantum world -- and seeks to explain it to the rest of us -- is Hirosi Ooguri, the Fred Kavli Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology. Ooguri is a theorist whose work bridges the disciplines of quantum physics and pure math.

UCSB

Physicists like to say that, if you look deeply into any branch of science, you’ll find physics at its core. Not every chemist, biologist or psychologist may agree with that notion, but the physicists do have a point: they study matter at its most basic, and the physical sciences ultimately are trying to explain how matter works, whether in black holes or brain cells.

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[1] https://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/spotlight-live-dark-energy-brink-discovery

[2] https://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/brain-or-universe-%E2%80%93-where-does-math-come

[3] https://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/kavli-institute-physics-and-mathematics-universe-university-tokyo

[4] https://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/tokyo-kavli-ipmu-roundtable

[5] https://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/10-dimensional-man

[6] https://www.kavlifoundation.org/science-spotlights/everything-physics

[7] https://www.kavlifoundation.org/tags/theoretical-physics