Transcending Matter:
Physics and Ultimate Meaning

Moderated by Steve Paulson
Executive Producer, To the Best of Our Knowledge

Adam Frank, PhD
Professor of Astrophysics, University of Rochester

David Kaiser, PhD
Professor of the History of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tim Maudlin, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, New York University

Priyamvada Natarajan, PhD
Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University

From the discovery of new galaxies and nearly undetectable dark energy to the quantum entanglement of particles across the universe, new findings in physics naturally elicit a sense of awe and wonder. For the founders of modern physics — from Einstein and Bohr to Heisenberg, Pauli, and Bohm — a fascination with deeper questions of meaning and ultimate reality led some of them to explore esoteric traditions and metaphysics. More recently, however, physicists have largely shunned such philosophical and spiritual associations. What can contemporary physics offer us in the quest to understand our place in the universe? Has physics in some ways become a religion unto itself that rejects the search for existential meaning?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Reception to Follow
The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor
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This event is part of the Beyond the Big Bang: Searching for Meaning in Contemporary Physics series, which brings together leading physicists, philosophers, historians, and writers to explore the multiple scientific and philosophical dimensions suggested by modern physics, including how recent discoveries are impacting our enduring search for meaning in the universe.
Beyond the Big Bang: Searching for Meaning in Contemporary Physics