Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Paul Davies at Hampshire College on Thursday

As part of our Hampshire College lecture series on Science & Religion, we will have Dr. Paul Davies as our speaker on Thursday, November 20th. If you are in the area please join us for the talk. Otherwise, you can watch the video of the lecture that I will try to post here in a couple of weeks. His abstract for the talk is below.

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Hampshire College Lecture Series on Science & Religion Presents

Origin of the Laws of Physics
by
Dr. Paul Davies

Thursday, November 20, 2008
5:30p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall
Hampshire College

Abstract:
Orthodox science treats the laws of physics as timeless, immutable and universal mathematical relationships that were imprinted on the universe from birth. The origin and form of the laws is considered to be beyond the scope of science. Recently, however, some physicists and cosmologists have puzzled that the laws of physics seem to be weirdly well-suited for life, in the sense that even small changes would not permit the existence of living organisms and hence observers. One attempt to explain this “fine tuning” of the laws is to invoke a multiverse of universes, each with its own laws. In my lecture I shall critically examine the multiverse theory, and other responses to the enigma of our “Goldilocks universe.”

Dr. Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and astrobiologist at Arizona State University, where he established BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. He is the author of The Mind of God, How to Build a Time Machine, and Cosmic Jackpot.
Upcoming lecture:

* Dr. John Haught, Thursday, February 26, 2009

For more information on the Lecture Series, please visit http://scienceandreligion.hampshire.edu/