7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 14 March
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Can the following of fashion, blind faith, or flights of fantasy have anything seriously to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely not - but Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are as susceptible to these forces as anyone else, and that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes highly productive in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of that field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.
Professor Penrose’s new book Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe is published by Princeton University Press and available now.
Roger Penrose is a renowned mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Copley Medal, the Albert Einstein Medal and the Eddington Medal.
Following this evening's talk, there will be a special announcement concerning the Penrose Institute, a novel research institute to be based in California inspired by the work of Sir Roger Penrose.
The institute will study human consciousness and the physics of our universe, which could lead to a wave of new innovations in biology, computation and sensor technology.
Join us afterwards for a book signing with Sir Roger Penrose and a drinks reception celebrating the launch of the Penrose Institute.
After the talk, there will be an opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the author.
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