Hanoch Ben-Yami: The Structure of Space and Time, and Physical Indeterminacy

Hanoch Ben-Yami (CEU)
4:30-6:30pm Tuesday Nov 20; 3rd floor seminar room, 5 Washington Place (NYU)

Title. The Structure of Space and Time, and Physical Indeterminacy.
Abstract. I introduce a sequence which I call indefinite: a sequence every element of which has a successor but whose number of elements is bounded; this is no contradiction. I then consider the possibility of space and time being indefinitely divisible. This is theoretically possible and agrees with experience. If this is space and time’s structure, then even if the laws of nature are deterministic, the behaviour of physical systems will be probabilistic. This approach might also shed light on directionality in time and other physical phenomena.

There will be dinner after the talk. If you are interested, please send an email with “Dinner” in the heading to nyphilsci@gmail.com (please note that all are welcome, but only the speaker’s dinner will be covered). If you have any other questions, please email isaac.wilhelm@rutgers.edu.

MAPS is supported by Rutgers, Columbia, NYU, and most recently, a generous gift from member Dan Pinkel.

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