When Einstein developed his general theory of relativity he removed the special status of time – it became just one of the dimensions of spacetime, the fundamental fabric of the Universe. As a consequence, physics tells us that we live in a block universe, containing all of the past and all of the future. What does this block time perspective mean for our understanding of time, events, and free will? We explore these questions and the arguments for and against the concept of block time in this package of articles and videos, produced in collaboration with cosmologist Marina Cortês.
These articles and videos are part of our Stuff happens: The physics of events project.
In this interview cosmologist Marina Cortês explains how time emerges in a block universe, how the arguments for and against this theory, and alternative explanations where time is fundamental.
You can also watch this interview as a series of shorter clips: