Public Lecture

Time travel: Its implications for physics and philosophy

Peter Riggs

Dr Peter Riggs
Department of Quantum Science

The idea of time travel has become quite familiar from many science fiction stories, movies, and television shows. However, there is also a serious side to the issue of time travel for the laws of physics do not rule it out. Indeed, the very possibility of time travel has implications for both physical science and our view of reality.
This lecture will begin by explaining how time travel might be done (as allowed by modern physics) and will then proceed to examine the implications of time travel for the future of physics and our understanding of the universe.

Dr Peter Riggs is a Visiting Fellow in the ANU Department of Quantum Science, and has previously held teaching and research positions at other Australian universities. His research interests include the foundations of physics, the philosophy of space and time, and methodology of science. Dr Riggs’s books include: Quantum Causality: Conceptual Issues in the Causal Theory of Quantum Mechanics (2009) and Whys and Ways of Science: Introducing Philosophical and Sociological Theories of Science (1992).

This event is an ANU Public Lecture.
T 02 6125 4144
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Date & time

Wed 28 Aug 2013, 6–7pm


Theatre 3 Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU


Staff, students and public welcome


ANU Public Lecture Series information:
02 6125 4144