Tuesday 14th of January 2020, 16:45-17:45, followed by a small reception/coctail.
Chow Yei Ching Building - G/F - Lecture theatre CBA, Pokfulam Road, Computer Science Department, HKU
Speaker: Carlo Rovelli
Professor of exceptional class at the University of Aix-Marseille, France,
Director of Quantum Gravity laboratory of the CNRS Center for Theoretical Physics, Marseille, France
Talk Title: `What is time?'
Abstract: `Time' is something very familiar to all of us. But the physics of the XX century has discovered that time works quite differently from what we usually think. In this conference I will review what have learned a lot about the nature of time, but also the mysteries surrounding this notion that are still open. These mysteries are connected with many questions about the universe that are still open, like the fate of black holes, the nature of heat, the reason past is different form future, and the nature of our consciousness.
Bio: Carlo Rovelli (born 3 May 1956) is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who has worked in Italy, the United States, and since 2000 in France.
He works mainly in the field of quantum gravity, and is a founder of the theory known as Loop Quantum Gravity. He is also known for his passion and contributions in the history and philosophy of science and the popularization of physics to a wide public.
He collaborates with several Italian newspapers, including the cultural supplements of the Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, and La Repubblica, and is regularly featured in international outlets such as the New York Times and the Financial Times. He is the author of several popularized science books and articles. Recently, his popular-science book: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics has been translated into 41 languages and has sold over a million copies worldwide.
In 2019 he was included by Foreign Policy magazine in a list of 100 most influential global thinkers. The central theme around which his life's work revolves is what is the meaning of time, whether it exists objectively or whether it is an illusory, perspectival aspect of the universe. Rovelli is an outspoken proponent of the latter possibility.
The talk is open for all and there is no registration required. Please let us know in advance of an intention to come with groups of students larger than ~10 persons, so to estimate attendance and ensure we have enough sitting space for all.
The QISS HKU Workshop will be held at the University of Hong Kong, Quantum Information and Computation Initiative, Computer Science Department, Chow Yei Ching Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. .