The Physics of Free Will

Join us for a discussion on modern cosmology in La Jolla on Sunday, October 11th

Cosmological observations have revealed a most mysterious universe.  Modern cosmology seems to point to the startling possibility that our universe might be just the very most insignificant speck of what is now called "the multiverse". New telescopes have revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos once again. But whereas Galileo's refractor pricked our "cosmic ego", now our telescopes seem to hint at an infinite universe with the possibility of unimaginable fecundity, yet devoid of life other than that our own tiny world.  What does this imply about the seemingly perfectly fine-tuned universe in which we find ourselves? What does free will mean in an infinite universe, one with infinite degrees of freedom, infinite choices?

Astrophysicist Brian Keating will present his lecture entitled "The Physics of Free Will" covering the above questions and much more at Garren Auditorium on Sunday, October 11th. 

Where: Garren Auditorium, Biomedical Building, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA

When: Sunday, October 11th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Speaker Biography:

Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with the University of California, San Diego's Department of Physics.  He and his team develop sensitive instrumentation to study the early universe in the radio-, microwave- and infrared-wavelength regimes of the electromagnetic spectrum.  He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds a U.S. Patent.

Brian received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2000.  He did postdoctoral research at Stanford University and was an NSF Postdoctoral  Fellow at Caltech before coming to UCSD in 2004.  In 2007, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House from President Bush for his work on a telescope he designed and fielded at the US Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station called "BICEP".

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