su·​per·​grav·​i·​ty | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈgra-və-tē How to pronounce supergravity (audio) \

Definition of supergravity

: any of various theories in physics that are based on supersymmetry and attempt to unify general relativity and quantum theory and that state that the principal transmitter of gravity is the graviton

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Recent Examples on the Web In addition to Julius, Stanford visiting professor Daniel Freedman was a co-recipient of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for his 1976 discovery of supergravity. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "UCSF professor awarded Breakthrough Prize — $22 million effort to elevate scientists and their work," 5 Sep. 2019 Magic wands and supergravity The Breakthrough Prize in mathematics was given to Alex Eskin of the University of Chicago in Illinois. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, "First Ever Picture of a Black Hole Scoops $3-Million Prize," 5 Sep. 2019 The three men’s 1976 description of supergravity, which helps explain the geometry of space-time, brought science closer to developing a unified theory of nature and the cosmos, which has so far eluded the world’s greatest minds. Peter Fimrite,, "Red hot chili peppers may be painful, but win SF scientist a $3 million prize," 5 Sep. 2019 This year’s other prizes include four in the life sciences, a special prize in fundamental physics for the invention of supergravity, one winner in mathematics, and a handful of $100,000 awards for early career researchers. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "2020 Breakthrough Prizes: Who won this year's 'Oscars of science'?," 5 Sep. 2019 Four decades after supergravity was devised, there is still no empirical evidence that the idea is correct. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019 Günaydin had continued to study the octonions since the ’70s by way of their deep connections to string theory, M-theory and supergravity — related theories that attempt to unify gravity with the other fundamental forces. Quanta Magazine, "The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature," 20 July 2018

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“Supergravity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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