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Doors: 7pm Talk starts: 7.30pm
We all know that life is full of paradoxes, even if we find it hard to say what a paradox is! It stands to reason that our models of the world, as captured by theoretical physics, themselves contain many paradoxes.
I'll provide some examples of paradoxical things — including riddles, illusions, jokes, and Zen Buddhist koans — to motivate some of the more paradoxical ideas in modern physics. I will argue that, ultimately, all learning takes the form of setting up and resolving paradoxes, and will discuss some of the famous thinkers who embraced paradoxes wholeheartedly to update our understanding of the world.
Felix Flicker is the Astor Fellow of Physics at New College, Oxford. His research concerns the application of geometry and topology (roughly, the study of shapes) to the quantum mechanics of materials.
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