The Origins of the Universe:
Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing?

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

David Z. Albert, PhD
Columbia University

Jim Holt
Writer, Essayist, and Critic

Neil Turok, PhD
Director, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Perhaps the greatest mystery is why the universe exists in the first place. How is it possible for something to emerge from nothing, or has a universe in some form always existed? This question of origins — both of the universe as a whole and of the fundamental laws of physics — raises profound scientific, philosophical, and religious questions, culminating in the most basic existential question of all: Why are we here?

Webcast Podcast

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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