© 2015 Cardiff Scientific Society

The Infinite
Professor John D. Barrow DPhil DSc FRS
Dept. of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University


The Lord Phillips Memorial Lecture
(Joint Lecture with Cardiff University) *


Infinity has many manifestations

and a long history. It is a big subject. We look at some of the special problems that it has created for mathematicians, physicists, astronomers, philosophers and theologians. Can we imagine it? Should we believe in it? And should we allow it into our theories of Nature? An attitude towards infinities plays a central role in guiding the direction of research in modern particle physics and cosmology. It also presents some interesting challenges for the public presentation of science. Why did we choose it as the central theme of the play 'Infinities'?

*Light refreshments will be available from 6.45pm