April 7-10, 2011

Sidney Sussex College

Aim of Course

In 2011 we celebrate the 80th anniversary of Georges Lemaître’s famous papers describing his ‘primaeval atom’ model of the universe. In this conference the life and work of Lemaître and his legacy for modern cosmology will be discussed, as will the philosophical and theological implications of cosmological theories.

Speakers (listed in alphabetical order) and topics

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  • John Barrow FRS: Lemaître’s Legacy
  • Bernard Carr : Lemaître’s prescience: the beginning and end of the cosmos
  • Robin Collins : Modern Cosmology in Philosophical and Theological Perspective
  • Dr George Coyne SJ: Lemaître: Science and Religion
  • George F. R. Ellis FRS: A Critique of Multiverse Theories
  • Michal Heller : Lemaître, the Big Bang and the Quantum Universe
  • Revd Dr Rodney Holder : Lemaître and Hoyle: Contrasting Characters in Science and religion
  • Helge Kragh : Lemaître and the Primaeval Atom: Contributions to Science
  • Dominique Lambert : Introducing Lemaître: His life, Work and Faith
  • Don Page : Multiple Reasons for a Multiverse
  • Revd Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS: Final Theological Reflections
  • Paul Shellard : The Big Bang: Recent Advances

Venue

The course will be held at Sidney Sussex College, Sidney Street, Cambridge, CB2 3HU. Click here to obtain further details about the College.

Sidney Sussex College, founded in 1596 by the Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex, is located at the very centre of the City of Cambridge.

Course Schedule

Thursday April 7
6.00 pm Arrival
6.30 pm Drinks Reception – Getting to Know You
7.00 pm Dinner
 

Friday April 8

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Dominique Lambert: Introducing Lemaitre: His Life, Work and Faith
10.00 am Prof. Helge Kragh: Lemaitre and The Primaeval Atom: Contributions to Science
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.30 am Revd Dr Rodney Holder: Lemaitre and Hoyle: Contrasting Characters in Science and Religion
12.30 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Michal Heller: Lemaitre, the Big Bang and the Quantum Universe
3.00 pm Dr George Coyne: Lemaitre: Science and Religion
4.00 pm Tea Break
4.30 pm
5.30 pm Prof. David Block: Lemaitre and Censorship
5.45 pm Free time
7.30 pm Dinner
 

Saturday April 9

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Prof. Paul Shellard: The Big Bang: Recent Advances
10.00 am Prof. John Barrow: Lemaitre’s Legacy
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.30 am Prof. Don Page: Multiple Reasons for a Multiverse
12.30 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. George F. R. Ellis: A critique of multiverse theories
3.00 pm Prof. Bernard Carr: Lemaitre’s prescience: the beginning and end of the cosmos
4.00 pm Tea Break
4.30 pm Panel Discussion – Questions and Discussion
5.30 pm Free time
7.30 pm Gala Dinner
 

Sunday April 10

8.00 am Breakfast
9.00 am Free time
12.30 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Prof. Robin Collins: Modern Cosmology in Philosophical and Theological Perspective: Three Methodological Approaches
3.00 pm Revd Dr John Polkinghorne: Final theological reflections
4.00 pm Tea Break
4.30 pm Depart

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