PN04/36: PROF PAUL DAVIES FOLLOWS ARROW OF TIME IN THE 2004 GERALD WHITROW LECTURE
Professor Paul Davies will give the 2004 Gerald Whitrow Lecture at this month's Royal Astronomical Society Astronomy & Geophysics (Ordinary) Meeting. His talk, entitled "The Arrow of Time", looks at one of cosmology's most intriguing paradoxes: that we perceive time to pass from the past to the future but the underlying laws of physics appear to be reversible and can be applied backwards in time as well as forwards.
Professor Davies is a well-known author and broadcaster, and is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University. He has written more than 25 books including "The Mind of God", "The Last Three Minutes", "About Time" and "Are We Alone?" His latest book, "How to Build a Time Machine", was published in 2001 by Penguin Books.
The Gerald Whitrow Lecture is held biennially by the Royal Astronomical Society in memory of Gerald James Whitrow, the cosmologist, mathematician and philosopher, who died in 2000. Whitrow was among the first to realize that the resolution of the arrow-of-time paradox lay in cosmology and the initial conditions at the birth of the universe. His conclusions were complicated by the emergence of quantum cosmology and the inflationary universe scenario, and the paradox has still not been fully resolved, remaining one of the great outstanding cosmic mysteries.
Professor Davies is joined at the Royal Astronomical Society's Astronomy & Geophysics (Ordinary) Meeting by Dr. David Malin, the world-famous photographic scientist and astronomer. Dr. Malin will be giving a talk entitled "Deep Images of Nearby Galaxies".
Professor Davies and Dr. Malin will be available for interview before and after the lectures. To confirm your attendance or to arrange an interview, please contact:
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GERALD WHITROW LECTURES
Gerald Whitrow was Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1965-67. Based at Imperial College, London, Whitrow's academic interests included mathematics, astronomy, cosmology and the history and philosophy of science. His primary interest was the nature of time and he wrote several books on the subject, the most influential being "The Natural Philosophy of Time".
The theme of the Royal Astronomical Society's Gerald Whitrow Lecture series is the philosophical aspects of cosmology. The first Whitrow Lecture was given in 2002 by Professor John Barrow of the Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, Centre for Mathematics, University of Cambridge.
Royal Astronomical Society's meetings in 2004/2005
Professor Paul Davies' homepage
Dr. David Malin's homepage
http://www.aao.gov.au/images/general/about_dfm.html David Malin Images
http://www.davidmalin.com/ Anglo-Australian Observatory
http://www.aao.gov.au/ Gerald Whitrow Lecture 2002 by John D Barrow, Astronomy & Geophysics Vol.43 Issue 4
"Cosmology: A matter of all or nothing" (PDF Meeting notes)
Date: 4th October 2004
Issued by Anita Heward, RAS Communications Officer.