[ASA] Workshop announcement: Fine-tuning, the Multiverse and Life

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Wed Sep 28 13:35:23 AEST 2016

Subject: Workshop announcement: Fine-tuning, the Multiverse and Life

Workshop: Fine-tuning, the Multiverse and Life


Registrations are now open<http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/%7Eluke/2016FTConf/> for the 2016 Fine-tuning, the Multiverse and Life Workshop, hosted at the University of Sydney. Issues of fine-tuning and naturalness are central to evaluating such physical and cosmological theories as inflation and extension to the Standard model of particle physics, including supersymmetry. In addition, our values of the fundamental constants of nature have the seemingly rare ability to support the complexity required by life. This has become an important way to test multiverse theories: the predicted observed value of fundamental "constants" depends on the values that permit the existence of observers.

In light of these challenges, this workshop will bring together physicists, cosmologists, astronomers and philosophers of science for two days of invited and contributed talks, and discussion sessions. Topics covered will include the nature of fundamental constants, physical theories of the multiverse, the role of probability theory in evaluating cases of fine-tuning and naturalness, and the conditions for life in the universe.

Venue: Sydney Nanoscience Hub, School of Physics, University of Sydney

Date: Thursday 24 - Friday 25 November, 2016.

Note that this is immediately before the 2016 International Symposium on Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics (COSPA), also hosted at the University of Sydney, 28 Nov - 02 Dec 2016.

Contact: Luke Barnes, University of Sydney: luke.barnes at sydney.edu.au<mailto:luke.barnes at sydney.edu.au>

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