Skip to main content


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.

What are the frontiers of human knowledge? Are we reaching a limit in our ability to understand the nature of reality? Advances in physics in recent decades have contributed essential information for understanding the basic functioning of the universe. However, scientists are also beginning to detect domains in which human knowledge may not be able to advance, and where we can only be guided by prediction or speculation that are not easily provable. Questions about the existence of particles that are even more basic than quarks, or what happens inside a black hole, or what the true measure of the universe might be, give rise to a limit—which may be impassable—to the possibilities of advancing in science. From basic particles of matter through to the origins of the universe, what do we know that we will never know? How can science and philosophy work together in this frontier zone of our ability to know?

As part of the programming for the “Quantum” exhibition, this lecture cycle will take the form of a humanist and scientific discussion in order to approach the most important questions arising from major discoveries in contemporary physics.

This activity is part of Quantum

Related contents

See all the content

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—.

Watch the video

Marina Garcés, Antoni Hernández, Albert Solé and Susanna Tesconi

Ser o no ser: diálogos entre ciencia y filosofía

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 ...

Watch the video

Previous activities

Lecture by Priyamvada Natarajan

Mapping the Invisible Universe

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

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

Lecture by Víctor Gómez Pin

The Destiny of Quantum Physics

Lecture by Sabine Hossenfelder

How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

Organised by


With the support of