Tim Maudlin

Professor of Philosophy, New York University

Tim Maudlin is Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He received his B. A. in Physics and Philosophy from Yale and his Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. His work centers on the interpretation of physical theory: how the mathematical structures used in physics may be understood as presenting a physical account of the world. His most recent books are Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time and New Foundations for Physical Geometry. He is a Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Counsel of Learned Societies, and a member of the Academie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences.

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Where Does It Begin?

Saturday, May 5th
4:30 - 6:30PM

Past Event

Why are we curious about beginnings, whether that of the cosmos or our own? What can we discover from each other’s curiosity about beginnings? What are the organizational properties necessary to call something a beginning? Might similar processes apply to both individual consciousness and the universe at large? Free and open to the public.

Knowledge and Limitations

Saturday, September 20, 2014
2:30-4:30pm

Past Event

What do we know about the universe and how do we know it? As John Locke would ask, what are the extent and limitations of human knowledge? Is our understanding of the laws of nature bound by limits on what the mind can grasp, or can formulate linguistically, or are there inherent limitations of physical… read more »

What principles of order underlie the ascent of complexity, from the simplest particles of physics heralding the birth of the universe, through biological forms, to the achievements of civilization? Has a recurrent theme of combination and integration led to multiple fundamental levels from quarks to culture? What do we learn from the ongoing creative process… read more »