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Sunday 11th October 2020
Topic: Maths and the Universe
In 1960 physicist Eugene Winger published an paper titled "The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences". In this paper Wigner raised the issue of why mathematics is so good at modelling so many aspects of nature and the universe in which we live. Since then, there has been an ongoing philosophical debate on this question and it is still a significant conundrum. In this talk, I will present some interesting historical aspects of the use of mathematics in describing the universe and the philosophical issues they raised. I will also discuss several open issues on the use of mathematics in physics with a focus on a historical debate between Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr on Quantum Physics and the nature of reality.
The presentation will focus on the philosophy and concepts; there will be minimal mathematics.
Our speaker: Dr Kerry Hinton
Kerry Hinton received an Honours Bachelor of Engineering in 1978, an Honours Bachelor of Science in 1980 and Master of Science Degree in Mathematical Sciences in 1982, all from the University of Adelaide. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K., in 1984. Dr. Hinton’s PhD thesis researched the concept of Quantum Field particles in space-times where General Relativistic effects are significant. Over the years Dr. Hinton has maintained an interest in the philosophical foundations of quantum physics, quantum field theory and the use of mathematics to model the physical world. He and his wife Annette have been living at Harrington on the Mid North Coast since Nov 2016.
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