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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Quantum Physics in Modern Mathematics

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Quantum Physics in Modern Mathematics

| June 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

As the old saying goes, the laws of the Universe are written in the language of mathematics. This sentence often ascribed to Galileo illustrates the deep connection between physics and mathematics. When it comes to mathematics, as used by physicists, we often view it as simply a tool required to describe ideas in physics. But […]

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Consciousness and the Foundations of Physics by Roger Penrose

Consciousness and the Foundations of Physics by Roger Penrose

| May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sir Roger Penrose, besides being a sir and likely the only person in this universe, who still uses an overhead projector, is a great mathematical physicist. He has a long list of achievements under his belt, but the focus of this lecture is one of the most controversial fields of interest in modern physics and […]

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Transcending Matter: Physics and Ultimate Meaning

Transcending Matter: Physics and Ultimate Meaning

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

In this recent video from the Nour Foundation astrophysicists Adam Frank and Priyamvada Natarajan, historian of science David Kaiser and philosopher of physics Tim Maudlin discuss whether physics can truly gives us a glimpse to the ultimate reality. In order to understand reality at the deepest level, do we simply need to fully grasp the laws […]

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Lee Smolin on Time Reborn

Lee Smolin on Time Reborn

| January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

For those who don’t know, Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist famous for his leading work on quantum gravity and being a founding member of the Perimeter Institute. Among the mentioned achievements he is also an author of a best-selling popular science book “Time Reborn”. In this talk Smolin introduces his book and work on […]

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TED: Why Does the Universe Exist?

TED: Why Does the Universe Exist?

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why does the Universe exist? That, of course, is the ultimate question. And, as you might imagine, there are many different answers to a question as grand as this one. In this talk Jim Holt, a philosopher and writer, discusses the variety of these answers and how they evolved throughout the history. This starts with […]

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Kurt Godel and the Limit of Mathematics

Kurt Godel and the Limit of Mathematics

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Mark Colyvan accurately points out in the beginning of this talk, Kurt Godel is less appreciated outside the academic circles than such other giants of science as Einstein, Newton and Darwin, and it’s quite a shame. Kurt Godel is often regarded as one of the most influential logicians, who is famous for the incompleteness […]

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Cosmology and the Constants of Nature

Cosmology and the Constants of Nature

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

John Barrow is an English cosmologist and a theoretical physicists working on various topics in fundamental physics and cosmology. In this talk from the series “Philosophy of Cosmology”, Barrow will present the constants of nature and their role in modern physics. Anyone acquainted with modern physics knows the importance of certain constants in physics, such as […]

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Martin Rees: Our Universe and Others

Martin Rees: Our Universe and Others

| May 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here we have one of the more recent talks from the “Philosophy of Cosmology” project. The speaker is Martin Rees — a renowned British cosmologist and astrophysicist. In this talk, he does general overview of what astrophysics and cosmology can tell us about our universe, starting with our solar system and ending with the bigger picture. This naturally leads to […]

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