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IAI Live November - The Edge of the Universe

Monday 7th November - 05:00 PM GMT

IAI Live November - The Edge of the Universe

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The Edge of the Universe - with David Deutsch, George Ellis, Sara Walker, Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Marcus du Sautoy

In partnership with Closer to Truth

The idea of infinity may make us feel a little giddy, yet we refer to it frequently as if it is understood.  Mathematicians claim Georg Cantor cracked the puzzle in the 19th century and enabled us to understand and handle infinities.  But is this perhaps a profound mistake? The writer Borges argued 'infinity is a concept that corrupts and upsets all others'. And now some physicists are arguing infinity is the greatest crisis facing physics, claiming that it generates nonsensical answers in quantum mechanics and undermines all prediction in cosmology.

Should we seek to remove infinity from accounts of the universe and rely on the finite alone?   Is the problem with infinity that it cannot be applied to the natural world, or with the concept itself?  Or is infinity a key insight into the character of the universe, however difficult it may be for us to comprehend?


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Starting from 5pm GMT, 12pm ET. 

Documentary Screening - DOKBOX Cinema

Big Sofa Interview - The Lounge
The origins of life on this world and the next
Sara Walker

Headline Debate - The Arena
The Edge of the Universe
David Deutsch, George Ellis, Sara Walker. Robert Lawrence Kuhn hosts.

Meet The Speakers - The Lounge
David Deutsch, George Ellis, Sara Walker

Documentary Screening - DOKBOX Cinema
Secrets of Size: Atoms to Supergalaxies

Talk - The Arena
Infinity and Beyond
Marcus Du Sautoy

Music - The Stage

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David Deutsch

David Deutsch is a maverick physicist at the University of Oxford, and author of two bestselling books: 'The Beginning of Infinity' and 'The Fabric of Reality', which outline a radical new take on infinity.

Marcus Du Sautoy

Mathematician and author of What We Cannot Know, Du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford.

Marcus du Sautoy is a famed mathematician and Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. He is a BBC TV favourite and author of the popular science books 'The Creativity Code' and 'The Music of the Primes'.

George Ellis

George Ellis is a distinguished professor at University of Cape Town in South Africa. He co-authored 'The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time' with physicist Stephen Hawking, and is considered one of the world's leading theorists in cosmology.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn

Acclaimed public intellectual

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer, host and executive producer of Closer To Truth; bridging science and philosophy to unravel the enigmas of existence, Kuhn has written or edited over 30 books, including 'The Mystery of Existence: Why is there Anything At All?' and 'Closer to Truth: Challenging Current Belief'.

Sara Walker

Sara Walker is a theoretical physicist and astrobiologist. Her fascinating insights into the origins of life, astrobiology, physics of life has les to her being featured on TED as well as the acclaimed Lex Fridman Podcast in recent years.