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About wuthrich

I am a philosopher of physics at the University of Geneva.

Talk on 9 December: Nora Boyd

We are pleased to announce a talk by Nora Boyd (Siena College): Observation and Intervention are Irrelevant to Empirical Science, on 9 December 2020, at 18:15 Geneva time (17:15 UTC), via zoom. Find full details at Hope to see you there!

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Talk on 11 November: Robert Brandenberger

  • Wednesday, 11 November 2020 over Zoom at 17:15 UTC — Robert Brandenberger (McGill): Is inflationary cosmology consistent with fundamental physics?

Abstract: The inflationary scenario has become the paradigm of early universe cosmology. However, recently challenges have been raised as to whether the scenario can be compatible with fundamental physics. I will review the inflationary scenario, introduce the challenges (Swampland Criteria and Trans-Planckian Censorship Conjecture (TCC)), and show that there are alternatives to inflation which are in agreement with current observations, and also satisfy both the swampland criteria and the TCC.

Zoom Meeting ID: 915 9958 6401
Password: 599357

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Call for applications: Junior Fellowship in philosophy of physics, Geneva

Call for Applications:
University of Geneva

The Geneva Symmetry Group at the University of Geneva’s Department of Philosophy solicits applications for a six-months junior visiting fellowship for advanced PhD students, starting 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant `Cosmology Beyond Spacetime’.

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Public talk by Fay Dowker, Geneva, 17 May 2018

I would like to draw your attention to the following public talk, which is organized by the “service de communication” of the University of Geneva, with the support of the Geneva Symmetry Group (

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 18h30, Uni Dufour (room will be advertised):

Fay Dowker, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Imperial College London:

Past, Present and Future: The Science of Time
(The talk will be in English, with simultaneous translation into French.)

(Dedicated to the memory of Professor Stephen Hawking)

Opening of the conference by Professor Christian Wüthrich, Geneva Symmetry Group, Department of Philosophy, Geneva

For more information (with an abstract in English), please visit

Call for Applications: Junior Visiting Fellowship to visit Geneva

Call for Applications:
University of Geneva

The philosophy of physics group at the Department of Philosophy in Geneva (the Geneva Symmetry Group) solicits applications for short- to medium-term junior visiting fellowships for advanced PhD students and recent PhDs, to visit the group anytime between now and June 2018. The fellowships are funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant ‘Space and Time after Quantum Gravity’.

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