Roger Penrose quote

"Well, gauge theory is very fundamental to our understanding of physical forces these days. But they are also dependent on a mathematical idea, which has been around for longer than gauge theory has."

Roger Penrose

Born: August 8, 1931

Occupation: Physicist

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