Mann at TWU: Time and Eternity

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FREE PUBLIC EVENT: TWU: Science, Faith, & Human Flourishing, TWU Physics Department, and the CSCA present a lecture by Robert Mann (Perimeter Institute, Professor of Physics, University of Waterloo).

Jan 17

Robert Mann
"Time and Eternity"

Thursday | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Northwest Building (Auditorium), Trinity Western University

Time and Eternity

God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

The concept of time is foundational in both science and faith.  We use it to measure change and to reflect upon our own existence.  But what is time?  And what is eternity?  Robert Mann will present our modern understanding of time — its origin, direction, measurement, perspectives and destiny — and raise several questions for theological reflection and scientific inquiry.  Topics in cosmology, quantum physics, and relativity will be explored to highlight  both the advancements and limitations in our knowledge of time.

Robert B. Mann (PhD University of Toronto) is Professor of Physics at the University of Waterloo; he has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Cambridge Universities, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is an Affiliate Member of the Perimeter Institute and the Institute for Quantum Computing. Author of over 350 papers, he has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Teaching Excellence awards from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and from the University of Waterloo, and a Presidential Award of merit from the University of Waterloo. He was chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo from 2001-2008 and is a past President of the Canadian Association of Physicists (2009-2011) and the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (1996-2007). He has served on the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation. His research interests are in black holes, cosmology, particle physics, quantum foundations, and quantum information, as well as the science/religion dialogue. His Waterloo research group looks at these questions: How would relativity influence how a quantum computer worked? Could we use a quantum probe to peek inside a black hole? Is it possible that the Big Bang could be replaced with a black hole at the beginning of time?