Hermann Nicolai

Hermann Nicolai is a director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Albert Einstein Institut) in Potsdam, Germany. His research focus is the search for a consistent theory of quantum gravity and the unification of the fundamental interactions within the framework of supergravity, superstring theory, and beyond.

Hermann Nicolai Published August 17, 2009

Particles and Fields

Quantum field theoretic extensions of Einstein’s theory of gravity tend to suffer from incurable infinities, but a theory called N=8 supergravity may actually avoid them—against expectations held for almost 30 years.