Public Lecture

The nature of time

Peter Riggs
Thursday 11 October 2012 6–7pm
The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, ANU

Dr Peter Riggs
The Australian National University

We exist in a temporal universe. On a day-to-day basis, time is a concept familiar to us for it affects all aspects of everybody's life. Despite this, and the fact that the laws of physics incorporate time as an essential feature, time itself remains a mystery. The significance of gaining an understanding about time goes to the core of human existence, perception, and our desire to understand ourselves and the universe that we inhabit. This lecture will cover characteristics of time as revealed by science and modern viewpoints on the nature of time.

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).

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