Does Mathematics Rule the World?

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Physics 150
Roger Penrose FRS (University of Oxford)
Is there something remarkable about the great precision and subtlety of the mathematical laws that appear to govern, in full detail, the behavior of the physical universe? Or do the perceived laws of physics merely reflect our own attempts to make some order out of the complication of observed physical action? Are all our own actions governed completely by mathematical laws? What does all this have to say about the future of physical theory? Renowned mathematician, physicist, and author Roger Penrose will discuss these fundamental issues.