Date and Time: 
Dec 13 2013 - 11:00am
Knight Management Center
Event Sponsor: 
The Department of Physics at Stanford University and The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 
(650) 736-9700

An unedited recording of the live video is available as of Dec.17, 2013:
after editing is complete, the links will be updated)

Seawell Family Boardroom (Bass Center Room 400)
c.9:00am- 10:30am Morning Panel Discussion

Oberndorf Event Center (North Building Room 302)
11:00 a.m. Welcome11:05 – 11:45 a.m. Quantum Cosmology
Alan Guth, Infinite Phase Space and the Two-Headed Arrow of Time
Alexander Polyakov, Self-destructive Space-time
11:45 – 12:30 p.m. Break
12:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation
George Efstathiou, Planck Satellite and the Present State of Observational Cosmology
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Particle Physics and Cosmology
Renata Kallosh, Planck and Fundamental Physics
Eva Silverstein, The Structure of Cosmological Solutions and Observables in String Theory
Nima Arkani-Hamed, From IR to UV
Savas Dimopoulos, Big Answers from Small Experiments
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Non-perturbative String Theory, Entanglement, and Black Holes        
Shamit Kachru, Hunting for Monsters in the Landscape
Ashoke Sen, Off-shell String Theory
Juan Maldacena, Entanglement and Geometry
Leonard Susskind, Messages Through the Wormhole and the Butterfly Effect
CEMEX Auditorium
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Public lecture by 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize Winner with a special introduction by Lenny Susskind*
* Advanced registration is not required for the public lecture. The 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize winner will be announced on December 12. In his first appearance as prize winner, the recipient will discuss transformative achievements in fundamental physics.

The 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize nominees are:
  • Joseph Polchinski, KITP/University of California, Santa Barbara, for his contributions in many areas of quantum field theory and string theory;
  • Michael B. Green, University of Cambridge, and John H. Schwarz, California Institute of Technology, for opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces;
  • Andrew Strominger and Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University, for numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry.
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The winner of the prize will receive a $3 million award funded by The Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Yuri Milner. For more information, please visit