Stuff happens: as we personally experience every day of our lives. Our desire to understand why events happen drove the development of early science.
Today most of physics, and almost all of science, is the study of events — things that happen in the world around us. But what exactly are events? It might seem like a silly question, but modern physics casts doubt on many of the concepts we commonly use to define events: the concept of time in which events play out, the idea of cause and effect that links them together, and the idea that people observing events should more or less agree on what they have seen.
In this project, brought to you in collaboration with FQXi, we'll explore the weird and wonderful world of modern physics and what it has to say about the physics of events. With the help of leading experts, we will ponder questions philosophers, physicists and mathematicians are currently thinking about, and explore what they mean for our endeavour to understand the eventful world we live in. Enjoy!
This project is a collaboration between Plus and FQXi, an organisation that supports and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology. The FQXi community website does for physics and cosmology what Plus does for maths: provide the public with a deeper understanding of known and future discoveries in these areas, and their potential implications for our worldview.