Michael Green

Michael Green is professor for theoretical physics at Cambridge. Together with John Schwarz he is one of the founding fathers of string theory.


On the computation of the anomaly cancellation now known as the Green-Schwarz mechanism in heterotic string theory (also known as The First Superstring Revolution):

MICHAEL GREEN: I do remember a particular moment, when John Schwarz and I were talking at the blackboard and working out these numbers which had to fit, and they just had to match exactly. I remember joking with John Schwarz at that moment, because there was thunder and lightning – there was a big mountain storm in Aspen at that moment – and I remember saying something like, you know, “We must be getting pretty close, because the gods are trying to prevent us completing this calculation.” And, indeed, they did match.

(Taken from NOVA - The Elegant Universe - Transcript)

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