Upcoming talk – Math and Quantum Physics

[Oops. Neil clarified that there isn’t actually anything about Quantum Physics in his talk. When we originally discussed the idea Quantum Physics was also bounced around as a possible subject so it stuck in my mind. Sorry about the confusion.]

On February 9, 2013 our group will get to enjoy a very interesting talk by Neil Mayhew, one of the members of the NCAC. He recently sent out a summary of his talk which I have quoted below.

The Mathematical topics I intend to touch on include:

  • Irrational numbers
  • Uncountable sets
  • The Continuum Hypothesis
  • Gödel’s theorem

The relevance for Apologetics comes from questions such as:

  • Does anything exist outside the material universe?
  • Is Mathematics discovered or constructed?
  • Why does Mathematics have such power to describe the physical world?
  • What is the relationship between Mathematics and the Multiverse?
  • Why do people agree so widely on what constitutes beauty in Mathematics?
  • Where does Mathematics come from?

To set the scene, I’m recommending that everyone read an excellent short article by Karl Giberson describing Mathematics as the music from an invisible orchestra.

I should point out that I’m not a professional mathematician, and my career since university has been in software development. However, I do have a Mathematics degree from Cambridge university and I continue to read books and articles on a variety of mathematical subjects.

Paul has kindly agreed to video the presentation for the benefit of those who can’t attend, although I’m not sure how well it will come out as I’ll be writing on the whiteboard a lot of the time and it may not be all that legible on a video. If it does come out well, though, we’ll put it on YouTube.

Enticed? Join us on Saturday February 9 at Hawkwood Baptist in Calgary. If you’re not in the Calgary area you’ll just have to hope we can successfully get it uploaded to Youtube. Our Skype adventures from last month give me hope that we can overcome any technical obstacles that might be in our way.


About Paul Buller

Just some guy with a variety of eccentric interests.
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