Physics and the Meaning of Life
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About the Course
Many have argued that science can provide data, but can't answer the real mysteries of the universe, yet Sabine Hossenfelder opposes this position. She asserts that through physics, we can make progress on the existential issues which have gripped philosophers for centuries.
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- How general relativity understands the 'present'
- Some of the consequences of Einstein's understanding of the speed of light
- Whether or not information can be destroyed
- Whether the building blocks of the universe could be different
- Whether there are questions which science cannot answer
IAI Academy courses are designed to be challenging but accessible to the interested student. No specialist knowledge is required.
About the Instructor
Sabine Hossenfelder is a theoretical physicist, author, musician, and science communicator who researches quantum gravity. She is a member of the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, author of Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray and most recently, Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions. She is also known for her world-renowned YouTube channel Science Without The Gobbledygook.
Part One: Introduction to Existential PhysicsWas the universe made for us? What is consciousness? And is it possible that the universe is conscious? Does the universe think?
Part Two: Tiny Changes to Constants Could Make Life ImpossibleHow much can science tell us about the human condition? Does science undermine the concept of free will?