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Cosmic Metaphysics: Being vs Becoming in Cosmology and Astrophysics

In this lecture, Marcelo Gleiser will offer a critical discussion of the question of the origin of the Universe, starting with creation myths of a variety of different cultures and ending with cutting-edge ideas from modern cosmology. Emphasizing the polarized tension between Being and Becoming and its religious and philosophical origins, he will argue that this tension is unavoidable and still very much present in the sciences, in particular in high energy physics and cosmology. Further, the logical insolvability of the problem of the First Cause is examined, showing the conceptual inappropriateness of current scientific models that claim to offer a solution.

May 21, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Harvard Lecture Theatre, Bush House, King’s College London
London, United Kingdom
Entry to the lecture is by free ticket. It will be followed by a drinks reception.