The Span of Infinity

Saturday, October 25, 2014
2:30-4:30 pm

Past Event

Perhaps no thing conceived in the mind has enjoyed a greater confluence of cosmological, mathematical, philosophical, psychological, and theological inquiry than the notion of the infinite. The epistemological tension between the concrete and the ideal, between the phenomenological and the ontological, is nowhere clearer in outline yet more obscure in content. These inherent paradoxes limn the vital, eternal questions we will explore about humankind’s place in the universe and the comprehensibility of existence.

Participants:

Alfred Scharff Goldhaber

Professor in the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University

Alfred Scharff Goldhaber is a professor in the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University. He represents the second of three physics generations in his family. Collaboration with his parents led to what may have been the first mother-son publications in physics. Among his research… read more »

Joel David Hamkins

Professor of Mathematics, Philosophy and Computer Science at the City University of New York

Joel David Hamkins (Ph.D., C. Phil., University of California at Berkeley; B.S., California Institute of Technology) is professor of mathematics, of philosophy and of computer science at the City University of New York, affiliated with the College of Staten Island and the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan.  He has held… read more »

Charles Liu

Professor of Astrophysics, City University of New York’s College of Staten Island

Charles Liu is a professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island, and an associate with the Hayden Planetarium and Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His research focuses on colliding galaxies, quasars, and the star formation history of the Universe. He… read more »

Eric Steinhart

Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University

Eric Steinhart grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania.  He received his BS in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, after which he worked as a software designer for several years.  Many of his algorithms have been patented.  He earned an MA in Philosophy from Boston College and was awarded a PhD in Philosophy… read more »

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