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Robb Mann a new voice at CSS April meet

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Robert Mann Physicist David Snoke writes to say that the abstracts and bios for the papers at the annual meeting of the Christian Scientific Society (April 15-16) are now posted online. A less familiar voice might be Perimeter Institute affiliate Rob Mann:

Robert Mann, Professor of Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo

“Cosmic Particularity: a Universal Puzzle”

It is now clear that our cosmos is riddled with considerable degree of particularity. In responding to this a number of scientists have in recent years advocated a “super Copernican” revolution, in which our universe is regarded as a small part of a much larger structure known as the multiverse. Scientifically, this entails an unprecedented combination of broadened theoretical perspective with severe empirical limitations, implicitly redefining what is meant by science. Theologically, it introduces a new question: why is there something instead of everything? This talk will give an overview of the epistemic costs the multiverse extracts for both science and theology. I will also explore what alternatives there might be for understanding the atypicality of our observable universe.

Bio: Robert Mann, P.Phys., recently completed a term as chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He did his undergraduate work at McMaster University, and obtained his MSc. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. He then spent 2 years as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, after which he joined the University of Toronto in 1984 as an NSERC University Research Fellow. He moved to the University of Waterloo in 1987, where he became a full professor in 1991. He served as the Director of the Guelph Waterloo Physics Institute for two years before becoming Chair in 2001. Dr. Mann’s research interests are in gravitation, cosmology and particle physics. with particular interests in black hole thermodynamics quantum gravity, particle physics, quantum information, chaotic phenomena, and the relationship between science and religion. He has published over 200 refereed articles in scientific journals, has given over 150 invited talks and made several media appearances. He has taught physics at all levels, from high school to graduate school, and has supervised ovr 40 graduate students in his career. An affiliate member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, he has served a variety of academic and scientific advisory boards, including the Ontario College of Graduate Studies, the founding board of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and the Ontario Photonics Consortium.More.

Note: I (O’Leary for News) have heard him, and he is an excellent presenter.

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8 Replies to “Robb Mann a new voice at CSS April meet

  1. 1
    Mung says:

    Why is there something rather than everything? 🙂

  2. 2
    ppolish says:

    “the atypicality of our observable universe.”

    Yes, the Universe is “atypical” lol. Might I go as far as calling it special? Freaking Special?

  3. 3
    Me_Think says:

    Our universe is atypical ? So he means there are other universes and he has studied other universes and finds our universe to be atypical ? Note how he cleverly doesn’t say “our planet is atypical”.

  4. 4
    News says:

    Does Me_Think at 3 think ourp planet is typical? Not what we’ve been hearing.

  5. 5
    ppolish says:

    Me_Think, the typical universe in a multiverse is a dead universe. Twiddle the knobs on the fine tuning and you get a trillion trillion trillion ++ dead universes for each live one. Saying we are “atypical” is a bit of an understatement. Just a bit:)

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    Axel says:

    Is not the only scenario that fits the currently-established facts of physics, quantum and classical, that we are all born into separate, personal universes, seamlessly integrated and coordinated at the classical level, but showing the ‘joins’ at the quantum level ?

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    Me_Think says:

    ppolish @ 5

    Me_Think, the typical universe in a multiverse is a dead universe.

    Whoa! We haven’t found any other universe – yet! You can’t pronounce a typical universe’s features without any evidence. Multiverse is still an hypothesis. Dr.Chary’s discovery of ‘the glow’ in CMB ( which was supposed to be a clash with another universe) hasn’t panned out.

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    ppolish says:

    Me_Think @ 7

    “Whoa! We haven’t found any other universe – yet!”

    Current Multiverse Science shows we will NEVER find any other universe. We can only predict/speculate. And again, a huge huge huge number of dead universes for any live one(s). We are incredibly impossibly atypical.

    Nina Arkani Hamed is a/the Multiverse Guru. If you truly want a better understanding – watch this lecture:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FrTq_m1pLz8

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