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Cosmology and the Constants of Nature

University of Cambridge

Monday, 17 March 2014 at 09:00 - Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 15:00 (GMT)

Cosmology and the Constants of Nature

Registration Information

Type End Quantity
Conference (Mon 17 - Wed 19 March 2013)
Register here for the conference/mini-series on Monday 17 March (9am - 2pm), Tuesday 18 (9.30am - 3pm) and Wednesday 19 March (9.30am - 3pm).
The conference is open to university research staff and current postgraduate students in physics and philosophy of science. Registration is free and includes morning coffee and lunch.
Ended Free  

Event Details

The constants of Nature are quantities, whose numerical value we know with the greatest experimental accuracy - but about the rationale for those values, we have the greatest ignorance. We might also ask if they are indeed constant in space and time, and investigate whether their values arise at random or are uniquely determined by some deep theory.

This mini-series of talks is part of the joint Oxford-Cambridge programme on the Philosophy of Cosmology which aims to introduce philosophers of physics to fundamental problems in cosmology and associated areas of high-energy physics. The talks are aimed at philosophers of physics but should also be of interest to a wide range of cosmologists.  Speakers will introduce the physical constants that define the standard model of particle physics and cosmology together with the data that determine them, describe observational programmes that test the constancy of traditional ‘constants’, and discuss how self-consistent theories of varying constants can be formulated. 

The conference is open to university research staff and current postgraduate students in physics and the philosophy of science. Registration is free and includes morning coffee and lunch.

Registration deadline: Friday 28th February 2014


Speakers:

John Barrow, University of Cambridge
John Ellis, King's College London
Pedro Ferreira, University of Oxford
Joao Magueijo, Imperial College London
Thanu Padmanabhan, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune
Martin Rees, University of Cambridge
John Webb, University of New South Wales, Sydney

 

PROGRAMME

Monday 17 MarchTuesday 18 MarchWednesday 19 March
09.00 - 09.30 Registration (09.00-09.15) 
Welcome and introduction (09.15 - 09.30)
       
09.30 - 10.30 John Barrow: 
Introductory overview
09.30 -10.30 John Ellis: 
Constants in the Standard Model (ii)
09.30 - 10.30 John Webb: 
Astronomical probes of constants (ii)
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee 10.30 - 11.00 Coffee 10.30 - 11.00 Coffee
11.00 - 12.00 John Ellis: 
Constants in the Standard Model (i)
11.00 - 12.00 Thanu Padmanabhan: 
Cosmological constants (i)
11.00 - 12.00 Joao Magueijo: 
Variations of c and other constants
12.00 - 13.00 John Webb: 
Astronomical probes of constants (i)
12.00 - 13.00 Pedro Ferreira: 
Gravitation constants
12.00 -13.00 Thanu Padmanabhan: 
Cosmological constants (ii)
13.00  Lunch 13.00  Lunch 13.00  Lunch
18.00 - 19:00
Public talk
PUBLIC TALK
Martin Rees:
Our Universe and Others

 

Please note that the organisers are not able to provide accommodation in Cambridge for this event. For information on accommodation options visit:

http://www.accommodation.cam.ac.uk/ (University of Cambridge Accommodation Service)

http://www.cambridgerooms.co.uk/ (Information on college rooms)

http://www.visitcambridge.org/accommodation (Information on hotels and B&B in Cambridge)


Members of the public who wish to attend the evening talk 'Our Universe and Others' by Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, on Monday 17 March at 6pm may book tickets here. Public booking will open in early 2014.

Do you have questions about Cosmology and the Constants of Nature? Contact University of Cambridge

When & Where


University of Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road
CB3 0WB Cambridge
United Kingdom

Monday, 17 March 2014 at 09:00 - Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 15:00 (GMT)


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University of Cambridge

For enquiries about this event please contact Margaret Bull at mmp@maths.cam.ac.uk

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