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Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder

Sabine Hossenfelder, Ph.D. is a Theoretical Physicist, Author, and Blogger who researches Quantum Gravity. She is a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies where she leads the Analog Systems for Gravity Duals group. She is the author of Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, which explores the concept of elegance in fundamental physics and cosmology.

Her research focus is on Foundations of Physics, Phenomenology of Quantum Gravity, High Energy Particle Physics, Cosmology, Physics beyond the Standard Model, and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, but her interest extends to the philosophy and sociology of science. Sabine partly works as a freelance science writer, with her writings being published, among others, in Scientific American, New Scientist, Quanta Magazine, Nautilus, Project Syndicate, and Aeon. She has produced several music videos and uses animated videos and infographics to communicate her research. She is also an experienced public speaker and regularly gives talks to diverse audience.

Sabine completed her undergraduate Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics in 1997 at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main. She remained there for a Master’s Degree in Science from Physics under the supervision of Walter Greiner, with the thesis Particle Production in Time Dependent Gravitational Fields, which she earned in 2000. Sabine earned her doctorate in Theoretical Physics with the dissertation Black Holes in Large Extra Dimensions from the same institution in 2003, under the supervision of Horst Stöcker. (Both links are to papers based on her thesis or dissertation.)

Sabine remained in Germany until 2004 working for the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany. She moved to North America and completed research fellowships at the University of Arizona, Tucson in 2005. She continued her postdoctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara until 2006, and at Perimeter Institute, Canada until 2009.

She joined the Nordita Institute for Theoretical Physics, Sweden in 2009 as an Assistant Professor working on research and Phenomenology of Quantum Gravity where she still works today. In 2015 she became a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies.

Her research interest is the phenomenology of quantum gravity. She focuses on the role of Lorentz invariance and locality, which would be altered in the discovery of quantum gravity. Sabine is working on topics that include How to look for experimental evidence of quantum gravity, The black hole information loss problem, Finetuning and naturalness in the foundations of physics, and Social media for scientists.

In a 2017 article, Sabine writes:

"The problem is that, with current measurement precision, we can detect either the gravitational field of an object or its quantum properties, but not both. The gap is closing slowly."

Since 2007 she has been involved with the annual conference series Experimental Search for Quantum Gravity. Sabine has created a number of YouTube videos exploring the topic, What could we learn from quantum gravity?, Quantum Gravity Phenomenology in 3 mins, and The Phenomenology of Quantum Gravity.

She has been employed by the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies since 2015, where she leads the Analog Systems for Gravity Duals group.

Sabine has also been researching since at least 2008 on how technology is changing researchers ability to publicize, discuss, or publish their research, when she coorganized the Science in the 21st Century workshop.

Sabine describes herself as:

"Physicist, blogger, and author… Sometimes-songwriter, nighttime-philosopher. Maker of my own misery."

Watch Quantum Physics: Still mysterious after all those years.

Read Sabine Hossenfelder and the Trials of 21st Century Physics and Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder Fears Theorists, Lacking Data, May Succumb to "Wishful Thinking".

Read and listen to the interview with Sabine at Edge, and at On Your Wavelength. Read the review of her book Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray at Read her quotes at Wikiquote.

View her publications at Google Scholar, arXiv, and InSPIRE.

Visit her LinkedIn profile, Wikipedia page, her Blog, her Nordita page, and her personal homepage. Follow her on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.