Public Lecture

Why Does the Cosmos Exist?

Dr Peter J Riggs
Department of Quantum Science
Australian National University

Why is there anything at all? This is the riddle of existence. Its answer has traditionally been sought through religion and myth. In this lecture, modern physics will be considered in order to see if it might enlighten us about why anything exists or whether the answer to the riddle of existence can only be found from metaphysics or religion.

Dr Peter J Riggs is a philosopher ofscience and a physicist at the Australian National University. He is a leading researcher on the nature of time and the foundations of physics. Dr Riggs’s publications include the books: Quantum Causality (Springer Academic, 2009) and Whys and Ways of Science: Introducing Philosophical and Sociological Theories of Science (Melbourne University Press, 1992).

This lecture is free and open to the general public.

Date & time

Thu 15 Feb 2018, 6.30–7.30pm



Coombs Lecture Theatre


Staff, students and public welcome


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