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Colloquium: Time in Cosmology (October 18th, 1pm - 5pm)

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Boston University’s Center for Philosophy and History of Science

Presents The Robert S. Cohen Forum[i]


Time in Cosmology

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The Castle, Boston University

225 Bay State Rd

1pm – 5pm


Is time real?  What is the status of time in cosmology? Are physical laws timeless or could they evolve?  Could changing our views about the status of time and laws in cosmology help us solve the problem of quantum gravity?  This second session of the Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science will explore some of the fundamental questions raised by Lee Smolin's recent book Time Reborn


1pm     Time and Law in Cosmology

Lee Smolin (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics)

2pm     Realism without Reification:  How to Believe in Becoming

            Jenann Ismael (Philosophy, University of Arizona)

3pm     A Universe in which Everything Changes Sooner or Later

            Roberto Mangabeira Unger (Law School, Harvard University)

4pm     Cosmological Laws without Real Time

Chris Smeenk (Philosophy, University of Western Ontario)



All Center for Philosophy and History of Science events are free and open to the public. For more information on CPHS visit www. bu.edu/cphs

[i] The annual Robert S. Cohen Forum on Contemporary Issues in Science Studies is named in honor of the Center’s cofounder and first director. For further details, see www.bu.edu/cphs/directors.


Erin Seeba
Assistant Administrator
Center for Philosophy & History of Science
Boston University
745 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 506
Boston, MA 02215