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Short Course No. 6: God and Physics

Murray Edwards College: May 18-20, 2007

Deadline for applications: April 20, 2007
Deadline for Bursary applications: March 23, 2007

Aim of Course

This short week-end course is for physicists who want to explore the philosophical, theological and ethical implications of certain ideas in physics. With world renowned experts we shall be exploring fundamental questions of human existence which arise out of cosmology and differing interpretations of relativity and quantum mechanics. Application areas examined include nanotechnology and climate change.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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Venue

The conference will be held in Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DF.

Murray Edwards (formerly New Hall), a modern and friendly college for women, provides excellent conference facilities with good access. The college is set in 11 acres of wooded grounds with informal lawns and gardens. 

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Course Schedule

Friday May 18
6.00 pmArrival
6.45 pmDinner
7.45 pmIntroduction
8.00 pmRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Why is Physics Possible?
9.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
9.30 pmDrinks Reception - Getting to Know You
Saturday May 19
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amProf. Chris Isham: Dialogue: Can God Know the Future? Reflections on the Block Universe
9.30 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Dialogue: Can God Know the Future? Reflections on the Block Universe
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amRevd Dr John Polkinghorne: Quantum Theory, Critical Realism and Religious Belief
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Chris Isham: Quantum Theory and Being
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmTea Break
4.00 pmProf. Gerard Nienhuis: Interpretations of Quantum Theory and their Theological Implications
5.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
5.30 pmProf. Andrew Briggs: And Information Has Become Physical
6.30 pmQuestions and Discussion
7.00 pmGala Dinner
8.30 pmPanel Discussion with 4 Speakers Questions and Discussion
10.00 pmBar and more Discussion
Sunday May 20
8.00 amBreakfast
9.00 amDr Peter Bussey: Physical Infinities: A Substitute for God
10.00 amQuestions and Discussion
10.30 amCoffee Break
11.00 amProf. Don Page: Quantum Cosmology and Its Implications for Theology
12.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
1.00 pmLunch
2.00 pmProf. Bob White FRS: The Challenge of Global Climate Change
3.00 pmQuestions and Discussion
3.30 pmConcluding Remarks
3.35 pmTea Break
4.00 pmDepart