Wed, 18 September 2019

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Cosmological Koans – A Journey to the Heart of Physics

Anthony Aguirre


Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design

16-17 Greek St, Soho, London


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Join Professor Anthony Aguirre for a delightfully intellectual adventure uniting cutting edge physics and ancient philosophy.

A Koan is a vignette in the ancient Zen Tradition, pointing us toward a far-from-obvious truth – a playful, poetic and provocative statement or story that sticks in the mind and advances our understanding of metaphysical mysteries. A Koan will generally not have an answeror something that can be figured out, but rather many possible responses at multiple levels.

Through more than fifty original Koans, leading physicist Anthony Aguirre will take across the world from Japan to Italy, and through ideas spanning the age, breadth and depth of the Universe. Using his new Koans and a flair for explaining complex science, Aguirre will explore cosmic questions that scientific giants from Aristotle to Galileo to Heisenberg have grappled with, from the meaning of quantum theory and the nature of time to the origin of multiple universes.

Playful and enlightening, this talk explores the strange hinterland between the deep structure of the physical world and our personal experience of it, giving us what Einstein himself called “the most beautiful and deepest experience” anyone can have: a sense of the mysterious.

Praise for Anthony Aguirre:

“A gem of a book.” – Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

“This unique and beautifully written masterpiece transforms the deepest mysteries of our universe into a captivating and accessible quest for personal enlightenment.” – Max Tegmark, author of Life 3.0

“A truly creative exploration of physics and its profound insights into the Universe. A masterful writer.” – Adam Frank, author of Light of the Stars