Join us for our 2nd annual Isaac Newton Christmas Lecture, “Much Ado About Nothingness: Some Perspectives from History and Physics”.
~Saying anything about nothing, (and not the other way around), has surprisingly been of interest to Western thought for a very long time.
The University of Lincoln’s Professor Anna Marie Roos (School of History & Heritage) and Dr Fabien Paillusson (School of Mathematics and Physics) will deliver a duo public lecture on Wednesday 19th December 2018.
Held in the Isaac Newton Lecture Theatre on Campus, the audience will learn about the various questions about ‘nothingness’ that have puzzled thinkers from antiquity to this day. In the first half, Prof Anna Marie Roos will discuss the various theories that have been proposed about nothing, from Parmenides’ grapple with the semantic of discussing nothingness at all to Boyle’s conception of a physical vacuum.
In the second half, Dr Fabien Paillusson will discuss how modern developments in physics try to understand whether the physical vacuum is actually empty.
This special Christmas lecture consists of two short parts of 25-30 minutes each with 20 minutes interval, during which a bar will be open where visitors can buy mulled wine, and soft drinks.
There will also be time for Q&A at the end of the lecture.