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Mass Interaction 003: The Essence of Time
Thu 23 March 2017, 20:00 – 21:30 GMT
It was Saint Augustine of Hippo who famously stated; "What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know."
And for our third instalment of Mass Interaction we continue humanity's voyage into the essence of time by asking the very same question that so baffled Saint Augustine centuries ago.
Under the watchful guise of space-time philosopher Dr Eleanor Knox and theoretical physicist Professor David Berman, we will explore how our conceptions of time have changed through the ages, what role science has played in unpacking this ancient puzzle, and ultimately, ponder the conception that time is nothing more an illusion.
"The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” - Albert Einstein
Mass Interaction is...
A play on one of the fathers of Quantum Mechanics, Richard Feynman's, quote - "All Mass is interaction" - this new, bi-monthly event aims to bring science to the forefront in interesting and accessible ways. Curated and presented by science journalist Max Sanderson (The Guardian, Huffington Post, Radio Wolfgang, The Battle of Ideas), each event will take a complex and mysterious scientific concept, and attempt to unpick it in a relaxed, informal, and interview-based setting.
The Airspace on Oxford Street will provide the setting for this two-way conversation, which will encourage participation from an interested, but non-specialist audience. This includes a free drinks reception following the event for attendees and speakers, offering a chance to further engage in debate.