Luboš Motl in 2011
5 December 1973 |
Plzeň, Czechoslovakia (present-day Czech Republic)
|Fields||Theoretical Physics, String Theory|
|Alma mater||Charles University, Rutgers University|
|Doctoral advisor||Tom Banks|
Luboš Motl (born December 5, 1973) is a Czech theoretical physicist by training who was an assistant professor at Harvard University from 2004 to 2007. His scientific publications are focused on string theory.
Life and career
Motl was born in Plzeň, present-day Czech Republic. He received his master's degree from the Charles University in Prague, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Rutgers University and has been a Harvard Junior Fellow (2001–2004) and assistant professor (2004–2007) at Harvard University. In 2007, he was fired by Harvard and returned to the Czech Republic.
Despite being an undergraduate at a Czech university where none of the faculty specialized in string theory, Motl came to the attention of a noted string theorist, Professor Thomas Banks, in 1996 when he "scooped" Banks with an arXiv posting on matrix string theory. "I was at first a little annoyed by [Motl's] paper, because it scooped me," said Banks. "This feeling turned to awe when I realized that Lubos was still an undergraduate." While at Harvard, Motl worked on the pp-wave limit of AdS/CFT correspondence, twistor theory and its application to gauge theory with supersymmetry, black hole thermodynamics and the conjectured relevance of quasinormal modes for loop quantum gravity, deconstruction, and other topics. He is the author of L'équation Bogdanov, a 2008 French-language book discussing the scientific ideas and controversy of the Bogdanov brothers.
He writes a science and politics blog called "Luboš Motl's Reference Frame," which he has described as "the world's most prestigious physics blog" and which others have described as an "over-the-top" defense of string theory. Following the example of Oriana Fallaci, he characterizes himself as a Christian atheist.
- Higher-order corrections to mass-charge relation of extremal black holes
- The String Landscape, Black Holes and Gravity as the Weakest Force
- Equivalence of twistor prescriptions for super Yang-Mills
- Cubic Twistorial String Field Theory
- Matrix string theory, contact terms, and superstring field theory
- Heterotic plane wave matrix models and giant gluons
- Asymptotic black hole quasinormal frequencies
- An analytical computation of asymptotic Schwarzschild quasinormal frequencies
- PP-Wave / CFT_2 Duality
- PP-wave string interactions from perturbative Yang-Mills theory
- Nonperturbative Formulations of Superstring Theory (Phd Thesis)
- Two-parametric zeta function regularization in superstring theory
- Proposals on nonperturbative superstring interactions
- all publications listed
- "The World of Science Becomes a Global Village; Archive Opens a New Realm of Research", James Glanz, New York Times, May 1, 2001
- "[Whoever] doesn't understand that quantum mechanics is true and very important is a breathtaking moron and I won't allow such morons to abuse the comment section of the world's most prestigious physics blog [by] pretending that they're scientists' peers or something like that."
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory p. 279
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