On Being: Uncovering The Codes For Reality

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In this special, week-long series from On Being: delving into new wisdom about the complex mysteries of the universe... and how science is informing what it means to be human.

Host Krista Tippett speaks with physicist James Gates about how string theory research leads to the question, “Are we in the matrix?”

Could codes like we see in computer programs be in the DNA of the cosmos? Gates is a leading string theorist who is evolving mathematics to convey truth much like poetry does. He reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the fundamental nature of reality. And he shares with Krista Tippett what his life in science has taught him about how fallibility makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.

"Uncovering The Codes For Reality" is the fourth episode in a series from On Being called "Science On Human Frontiers." You can hear it each night at 9pm on 93.9FM, WNYC.

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