## How many Calabi-Yau manifolds are there?

What’s more, there are many different 6D Calabi-Yau manifolds that could fit the string theory bill and, disappointingly, no-one was able to work out which was the “right” one. All this somewhat undermined the manifolds’ standing in physics.

Are Calabi-Yau manifolds compact?

Definitions. A Calabi–Yau n-fold or Calabi–Yau manifold of (complex) dimension n is sometimes defined as a compact n-dimensional Kähler manifold M satisfying one of the following equivalent conditions: The canonical bundle of M is trivial. M has a holomorphic n-form that vanishes nowhere.

### What is mirror symmetry of Calabi-Yau manifolds in string theory?

In algebraic geometry and theoretical physics, mirror symmetry is a relationship between geometric objects called Calabi–Yau manifolds. The term refers to a situation where two Calabi–Yau manifolds look very different geometrically but are nevertheless equivalent when employed as extra dimensions of string theory.

Why is Shing Tung Yau famous?

Yau is a Harvard math professor, best known for inventing the mathematical structures known as Calabi-Yau spaces that underlie string theory, the supposed “theory of everything.” In 1982 he won a Fields Medal, the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

## What does the M in M theory stand for?

magic
M-theory is a theory in physics that unifies all consistent versions of superstring theory. According to Witten, M should stand for “magic”, “mystery” or “membrane” according to taste, and the true meaning of the title should be decided when a more fundamental formulation of the theory is known.

What is mirror symmetry called?

Mirror symmetry is sometimes called bilateral symmetry. Most animals are very nearly bilaterally symmetric.

### What is the meaning of mirror symmetry?

noun. symmetry about a plane (mirror plane) that divides the object or system into two mutual mirror images.

Is Yau a Chinese name?

Yau is a surname. It is a romanisation of multiple surnames in Hong Kong as well as other Cantonese speaking regions, based on different varieties of Chinese, as well as a surname in other cultures.

## Where was Shing Tung Yau born?

Shantou, China
Shing-Tung Yau/Place of birth