Dates: Thusday 24 – Friday 25 November 2016
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.
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The Sydney Nanoscience Hub, School of Physics,University of Sydney
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