The Origins of the Universe
October 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
The Origins of the Universe: Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing? (Series: Beyond the Big Bang: Searching for Meaning in Contemporary Physics)
Perhaps the greatest mystery is why the universe exists in the first place. How is it possible for something to emerge from nothing, or has a universe in some form always existed? This question of origins — both of the universe as a whole and of the fundamental laws of physics — raises profound scientific, philosophical, and religious questions, culminating in the most basic existential question of all: Why are we here?
*Reception to follow.
Cost: Members: $5 Non-members: $15 Non-member students: $7
• David Albert, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Author of "Quantum Mechanics and Experience and "Time and Chance"
• Jim Holt
Writer, Essayist, and Critic
Author of "Why Does the World Exist?"
• Neil Turok, PhD
Director, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Co-author of "Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang"
• Moderator: Steve Paulson
Executive Producer, Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge