A visit to the Perimeter Institute

The Perimeter Institute is a world-renowned center for research in foundational theoretical physics, dedicated to understanding the universe at the most fundamental level. Founded in 1999, it is housed in spectacular premises in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Joseph Curtin visited for a day to deliver a colloquium on the science of the violin. His host was Spanish physicist Jaume Gomis, one of the founding members of the Institute. Says Curtin, “It is so inspiring to spend time in an intellectually and architecturally exciting place and see creative people of all ages and nationalities working together to better understand our universe. And they gave me a unique gift– a coffee mug with a little chalkboard on it, complete with chalk to sketch out your latest ideas!”

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics