Perhaps more than any other scientific discipline, modern physics has revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos by tackling a number of age-old existential questions: How did the universe begin? How can something emerge from nothing? What is the fabric of reality? Why do the laws of physics seem to be uniquely suited for life on Earth? Do we live in a deterministic universe?
Moderated by Steve Paulson, journalist and Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge, this intriguing three-part series brings together a wide array of leading physicists, philosophers, historians, and writers to explore the multiple scientific and philosophical dimensions suggested by modern physics, with an emphasis on understanding how recent scientific advances impact our enduring search for meaning.
The Origins of the Universe: Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing?
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out
Great mysteries still surround the origins and existence of the universe. Experts from the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and philosophy unite to discuss the most basic existential question of all: Why are we here? Learn More
The Unification of Physics: The Quest for a Theory of Everything
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Sold Out
A "theory of everything" has thus far eluded physicists seeking to unify the laws of the universe. Physicists Katherine Freese, Marcelo Gleiser, Lee Smolin, and Max Tegmark debate whether there are scientific and human limits on what can be ultimately known. Learn More
Transcending Matter: Physics and Ultimate Meaning
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Astrophysicists Adam Frank and Priyamvada Natarajan, historian of science David Kaiser, and philosopher of physics Tim Maudlin share their thoughts on what contemporary physics can offer in the quest to understand our place in the universe. Learn More