Penrose on 'Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy: How Big is Infinity' June 4

May 28, 2009

Sir Roger Penrose, the emeritus Rouse Ball professor of mathematics at Oxford University and the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz visiting professor of physics and Mathematics at Penn State, will present a lecture titled "Fashion, Faith and Fantasy: How Big is Infinity?" at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in 102 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The lecture is open to the public without charge.

Professor Penrose will discuss fascinating developments at the frontier of fundamental physics and cosmology. His talk also will provide an introduction for the general public to some of the most novel yet puzzling ideas in science, including some issues related to philosophy and the social sciences. His critical evaluation will demonstrate that subjective and social elements can sometimes dominate the direction of scientific developments until technology is sufficiently advanced to test scientific studies with sufficient accuracy.

This public lecture is part of the AbhayFest Conference on Classical and Quantum Gravity, a celebration of the 60th birthday of Abhay Ashtekar, the holder of the Eberly Family chair in physics and director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Penn State. This scientific conference will be held from June 4 to 6 and is sponsored by the Penn State Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos. The conference program will feature many prominent speakers and will provide a broad perspective on research in classical general relativity, diverse approaches to quantum gravity, and other related areas. In addition, the conference will provide ample time for audience participation and discussion.

For the full conference program and other details, contact Randi Neshteruk by phone (814) 863-9605, fax (814) 863-9608 or by e-mail at randi@gravity.psu.edu.

  • Sir Roger Penrose, the emeritus Rouse Ball professor of mathematics at Oxford University and the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz visiting professor of physics and Mathematics at Penn State.

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