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The Frontiers of Knowledge

In the light of advances in theoretical physics and philosophy, speakers in this cycle will reflect on the limits of our ability to know and understand reality.

Priyamvada Natarajan

Mapping the Invisible Universe

The cosmologist Priyamvada Natarajan talks about how we know what we know about the invisible universe by mapping theunseen elusive elements in the universe -dark matter, dark energy and black holes—.

To Be or Not to Be: Dialogues between Science and Philosophy

Dialogue between Antoni Hernández, Albert Solé and Susanna Tesconi, conducted by Marina Garcés

Disciplines like theoretical physics and cosmology move into the realm of reflections and, as a result of their predictive, speculative character, fully enter the philosophical domain. In this panel session, three multidisciplinary researchers trained in science and the humanities discuss the question of whether this dialogue between disciplines is possible, and how scientific and philosophical thinking might work together in this frontier zone of the human ability to know.

Víctor Gómez Pin

The Destiny of Quantum Physics

In this lecture, the philosopher Víctor Gómez Pin discusses the relationship between physics and philosophy throughout western history and describes the links between classical thinkers and present-day physics.

Sabine Hossenfelder

How Beauty Leads Physics Astray Quantum

Throughout history, many scientific equations have been deemed beautiful, harmonious, or elegant. In Sabine Hossenfelder’s opinion, this use of adjectives shows that theoretical physicists often rely on arguments based on beauty when developing fundamentally new laws of nature.