Copernicus Festival

The conference will be associated with the "Copernicus Festival" co-organised by the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Tygodnik Powszechny. The festival will take place from 7th to 11th May and will be devoted to reflections concerning the place of science in culture and its relations to such phenomena as spirituality, literature, and art. For more details on the Copernicus Festival please check the website: www.copernicusfestival.com.

Copernicus Center Lecture 2014

2014 Copernicus Center Lecture, will be delivered by Patricia Churchland. She is a Canadian-American philosopher noted for her contributions to neurophilosophy and the philosophy of mind.

Copernicus Center Lecture 2014 will be held on May 22 in the Auditorium at the Larisch Palace (Faculty of Law and Administration, Jagiellonian University, Bracka Str. 12, Kraków).

Welcome to the website of the 18th Kraków Methodological Conference!

There exist various kinds of limits which are inherent in cosmological research and physics.

The most conspicuous one is connected with scientific method itself. It manifests itself during attempts to construct (or discover) suitable mathematical structures to model the physical world. However, this limit may be even more profound. Over the past 300 years we have become accustomed to the mathematical and empirical method which has proven to be uncannily successful in describing the enclosing universe. But is there a fundamental limit to the method itself which is intrinsic to the structure of the world?

Another group of limits which are more connected to ourselves – as human beings – are conceptual ones. The two monumental theories of physics of the 20th century – General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics - are incompatible and this inconsistency is not only on the mathematical level, but also on the conceptual. Usually scientists believe that the reconciliation between the relativist and quantum realms is possible. But is there a conceptual limit within ourselves as elements of the world?

The aim of the meeting is to reflect upon these limits during the talks delivered by prominent researchers of physics and the cosmological sciences.

The 18th Kraków Methodological Conference: The Limits of Physics and Cosmology is a part of the research project The Limits of Scientific Explanation conducted by the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. The conference will be the primary event of the project in 2014. All of the lectures and discussions which will take place during the conference will be recorded and published online after the conference on the YouTube channel of the Copernicus Center.

There is no fee or registration required to attend the Conference.

The conference will be associated with the "Copernicus Festival" co-organised by the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Tygodnik Powszechny. The festival will take place from 7th to 11th May and will be devoted to reflections concerning the place of science in culture and its relations to such phenomena as spirituality, literature, and art. For more details on the Copernicus Festival please check the website: www.copernicusfestival.com.

More information about the Copernicus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and The Limits of Scientific Explanation project are available on the following websites:
copernicuscenter.edu.pl
philosophyinscience.com
limitsofexplanation.edu.pl

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