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The Enigma of Energy

Monday 5th February - 06:00 PM GMT

The Enigma of Energy

Cosmic Lifeblood

Join us for an electrifying debate featuring three pioneering physicists discussing the Enigma of Energy: Bernard Carr, Priya Natarajan, and Avshalom Elitzur.

From the power grid to the fundamental essence of matter, the concept of energy is essential to physics' description of reality. Einstein's famous equation identified all matter as equivalent to energy, and as a result, energy is seen by many as the ultimate constituent of the universe. But there is danger, as Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman, one of the leading scientists of the last fifty years, has pointed out, that "we have no knowledge of what energy is". And some now argue that with no independent confirmation or explanation for phenomena like dark energy, the whole of physics rests on a mystical notion.

Should we conclude that the concept of energy, though enormously useful in physics, is ultimately a mystical idea? Should we abandon the idea that energy describes the physical character of reality? Or is this all a mistake, and we should double down on the idea that energy is built into the fabric of the universe?

Please join us after the debate for the "Meet the Speakers" session, where you will have the opportunity to ask our speakers your questions directly in a live audience Q&A. 

Timetable:

17:20 GMT - The Energy of Consciousness The Lounge

18:00 GMT - The Enigma of Energy arena

19:20 GMT - Smashing Particles at the Energy Frontier arena

19:30 GMT - Flood for the Famine stage

Bernard Carr

Revolutionary Physicist

Bernard Carr's main areas of research in cosmology and relativistic astrophysics include the early universe, black holes, dark matter, and the anthropic principle. Carr is well known for his long-standing interest in the relationship between science and spirituality and also in psychical research, which he sees as forming a bridge between them.

Avshalom Elitzur

Radical physicist

Avshalom Elitzur is a Professor in the Centre for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in the United States and is deemed by many to be an intellectual powerhouse in both the fields of physics and philosophy. Having left school at sixteen to work as a lab technician, he presented a paper on quantum mechanics at Temple University, after which he was invited to Tel Aviv University to complete his doctorate on the subject. Elitzur is best known for his work on the Elitzur–Vaidman bomb-testing problem in quantum mechanics.

Priyamvada Natarajan

Pioneering Astronomer

Priyamvada Natarajan is well known for her pioneering work on mapping dark energy and supermassive black holes. Professor Natarajan was also the first woman in astrophysics to be elected as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and was elected last year to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Enigma of Energy

Join us for an electrifying debate featuring three pioneering physicists discussing the Enigma of Energy: Bernard Carr, Priya Natarajan, and Avshalom Elitzur. 

Please join us after the debate for the "Meet the Speakers" session, where you will have the opportunity to ask our speakers your questions directly in a live audience Q&A.