The Science of Time – 25th November 2004

We welcomed Fay Dowker from Imperial College back, to give us a talk on The Science of Time. She explained how the classical everyday understanding of time was superceeded by the space-time view that comes from Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, and how one of the problems with space-time is that it lacks the “now” that is part of our everyday understanding of time. She then told us about some of the ideas coming out of research around Quantum Gravity, and particularly from Causal Set Theory, which may be able to restore the “now” to space-time. This was a thought-provoking talk, and there were many questions from the floor afterwards.

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