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Mass Interaction 005: The Multiverse

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In a Dublin lecture hall in 1952, Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger somewhat jokingly warned his audience that what he was about to say something that might "seem lunatic". He explained that his equations had led him to believe in the existence of not one, but several different histories for our universe; "not alternatives, but all really happen simultaneously.”

And in the decades that have passed since that famous lecture, the idea of universes running in parallel – aka. 'The Multiverse' - has gained a huge amount traction, with many leading theoretical avenues seemingly pointing to the existence of not one, but many universes. But what do these theories say? Are they testable? And if we do indeed live in a multiverse, what - if anything - does it mean for reality as we know it?

Guiding us through the jarring worlds of The Multiverse for our fifth installment of Mass Interaction will be Dr Andrew Pontzen, a lecturer in Cosmology and Royal Society University Research Fellow from UCL. And joining him to tackle some more of the practical elements of these proposals will be his UCL colleague Professor Hiranya Peiris, an astrophysicist and expert in evolution of galaxies.


"Philosophically, the universe has really never made things in ones. The Earth is special and everything else is different? No, we've got seven other planets. The sun? No, the sun is one of those dots in the night sky. The Milky Way? No, it's one of a hundred billion galaxies. And the universe - maybe it's countless other universes” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson


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A play on one of the fathers of Quantum Mechanics, Richard Feynman's, quote - "All Mass is interaction" - this 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.

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