Shing-Tung Yau is an American mathematician who proved the Calabi conjecture and wrote The Shape of Inner Space.
Quotes by Shing-Tung Yau in Time One
Previous theories of fundamental physics regarded [the particle] as an infinitely small, zero-dimensional point―an object that … the mathematics of today is still ill-equipped to handle.
[I]n the end, we want a theory that works on all scales―a theory that gives us both particle physics and cosmology.
[S]tring theory requires exactly ten dimensions to be consistent, no more and no less ….
Geometry, as it appears in physics, might be a phenomenon that’s “emergent” rather than fundamental.
[Calabi-Yaus] are alive and well and, if not living in Paris, are at least still prominent ….
In the end, the search for a simple, all-encompassing theory of nature amounts, in essence, to the search for the symmetry of the universe