Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From?

Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From?

August 4, 2016

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

August 29, 2016, 3:30 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Paul Davies, Ph.D., Director, ASU Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

Since the time of Newton, the laws of physics have generally been regarded as absolute, universal, eternal and immutable. In the era of modern cosmology, early versions of the big bang theory assumed the laws were magically imprinted on the universe at the moment of its origin. Quantum cosmology, however, requires the laws to transcend the physical universe, while eternal inflation cosmology appeals to immutable metalaws in a multiverse. Some cosmological theories renounce the notion of fixed laws altogether. Thus the status of the laws remains unclear and offers plenty of scope for misunderstanding and confusion.

This Coffee @ Beyond seminar is presented by the ASU Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science. Free coffee will be provided. 

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