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The Origins of the Universe: Why is There Something Rather than Nothing?

From The Physics of Nothing

This panel discussion, held at the New York Academy of Sciences in 2014, features cosmologist Neil Turok, who is the director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; philosopher David Albert, a professor at Columbia University; and journalist Jim Holt, author of the book Why Does the World Exist?, which chronicles his discussions with contemporary physicists, philosophers, artists, and religious figures on the question of why there is something rather than nothing. Moderated by radio producer and journalist Steve Paulson, the panelists explore the physics, philosophy, and theology of nothing in a wide-ranging discussion that touches on how physics in particular has changed the meaning of nothingness.

April 25, 2018

New York Academy of Sciences

Curated by

James Owen Weatherall