IASIS: Infinity

11 December 2015, 5.00 PM - 11 December 2015, 9.30 PM

Verdon Smith Room, Royal Fort House, University of Bristol



Potential, actual, countable, uncountable: how many kinds of infinity are there? An infinite number? And is the idea of infinity useful? Perhaps it shows us only where a theory is breaking down. Perhaps, like Galileo, we should decide to stop thinking about infinity because it is too paradoxical. Is the infinite, therefore, by definition, what we cannot comprehend, or can we somehow come to terms with the interminable? The IAS invites you to come to an informal, interdisciplinary conversation about INFINITY, about infinite time and infinite space in the Verdon-Smith Room at Royal Fort House at 1700 on Friday 11th December.


Contributions from a wide range of expertise and experience will make up an evening of talks and discussion on the theme of infinity, followed by a festive drinks reception. Confirmed speakers include Jon Keating, Henry Overton Wills Professor of Mathematics; Philip Welch, Professor of Pure Mathematics; James Ladyman, Professor of Philosophy; Heidy Mader, Professor of Earth Sciences; and Leon Horsten, Professor of Philosophy. Others TBC. 


Please sign up at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/iasis-infinity-tickets-19058846523

Contact information

For further information, please contact ias-admin@bristol.ac.uk