May 30, 2015 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall 238 Thompson St. (5th Floor), New York, NY 10003
Vijay Balasubramanian, Janna Levin, Lee Smolin
Could time as we know it come to an end? Does the very question blow your mind a little? Come with us to explore this idea by examining the Big Bang and the mysteries of black holes, where, according to the laws of physics, time itself comes to an abrupt halt. And if you're wondering how physical laws operating within time can predict the end of time, join leading physicists and cosmologists for this intriguing conversation.
May 31, 2015 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
John Jay College, Gerald W. Lynch Theater 524 W 59th St. (between 10th & 11th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
David Z. Albert, Vijay Balasubramanian, Carlo Rovelli, Lee Smolin
What is time? The question has preoccupied philosophers and scientists for centuries. Isaac Newton described time as absolute, but Einstein proved that time is relative, and, shockingly, that time and space are intricately interwoven. Now recent work in string theory and quantum gravity suggests that space and time may not be fundamental. Much as matter is made of molecules and atoms, other, more exotic entities may be the constituents of space and time.