We have just published most of the videoed talks from the Midwest Summer School in Philosophy of Physics (MSSPP1), held in Chicago in July 2018. If you weren’t able to attend (or if you were, but would like to relive it!) you can access through the video on our YouTube channel, or through the conference website (where you will find abstracts).
Greetings from Beyond Spacetime at the start of the new academic year!
A big thank you the John Templeton Foundation, for their generous support over the past three years; this website documents much of what we achieved. While the grant has now expired, Beyond Spacetime activities will continue, including speakers to be announced here soon – watch this space!
We have uploaded two new videos of Fay Dowker’s public talk “Past, Present and Future: The Science of Time” she gave in Geneva on 17 May 2018 to our YouTube channel. The video exists in both English as well as in French (her talk was originally held in English, the introduction partly in French and partly in English).
We have just posted some new videos to our YouTube channel: a 100-level lecture on spacetime from Tushar Menon and James Read, and a pair of 200-level lectures on dualities by Keizo Matsubara. There is also a stack of new talks, including Erik Curiel’s Two Paths to the Einstein Field Equation from Horizon Thermodynamics. Find the link above, or from the speaker page above. Enjoy!
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 (https://genevasymmetrygroup.wordpress.com/):
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 https://www.unige.ch/public/actualites/2018/la-science-du-temps/
Videos of the talks by Adam Koberinski and Rawad El Skaf have now been posted to our YouTube channel.
The deadline for student applications for the summer school in Chicago is Monday, March 19th. We can confirm that there will be no registration fee: meals and accommodation will be provided without cost to students. Details are here:
We note the passing of Stephen Hawking, whose contributions to our field cannot be calculated (not even using zeta function regularization). To mention one item beautiful work, that influenced me, and which not everyone seems to know, there is the series of contrasting lectures and dialogues with Roger Penrose (and others): The Nature of Space and Time. So full of insights, and revealing of their different personal axioms, but so understanding and respectful of each other, I thoroughly recommend it in many ways.
A different kind of work, Hawking is the titular star of the most recent installment (the hexagonal phase) of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Also recommended in many ways.
Please apply for the 2018 summer school we are co-organizing in Chicago: https://beyondspacetime.net/summer-school-2018/
The deadline for applications is March 19th 2018!
Wednesday 7 March 2018 at UIC – Erik Curiel (LMU/Harvard): Two Paths to the Einstein Field Equation from Horizon Thermodynamics
Abstract: “There are today two major research programs that attempt to derive
general relativity—the Einstein field equation—from the thermodynamical properties of causal horizons, that based on the work of Jacobson and that on the work of Padmanabhan, both inspired by and relying on the framework of black-hole thermodynamics. Each has had tantalizing, and similar, successes. It does not seem to be widely recognized in the literature, however, that there are deep differences between the two, both in mathematical form and in conceptual foundation. In this talk, I compare the two with the particular aim of teasing out what exactly each takes to be the thermodynamical properties of horizons. The hope is that the differences between the two, and how they arrive at their common goal, may shed light on different ways one may conceive of “purely gravitational” phenomena as being thermodynamical in character, and what it may even mean in the first place to impute thermodynamical characteristics to purely gravitational systems. I also discuss technical and conceptual problems with the approaches, whose resolutions—or even just their sustained attempt—would provide great insight on all these issues as well.” In terms of technical difficulty, this talk rates 4/5 (in parts).
More info in Speakers tab above.