Talk At The Centre For The History And Philosophy Of Physics

Saturday 23rd February 2019 10.30 am – 5.00 pm

St Cross College, University of Oxford – Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics

Throughout the ages physics has sought to explain the nature of matter both on Earth and in the heavens. Millennia ago, the Greek philosophers posited the existence of atoms, thereby launching a journey through the centuries, which in due course confirmed their existence and have made them tools of our everyday life. More recently, modern thought combined the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics leading to an understanding of matter now encoded in the Standard Model. This progress has led to startling new applications in fields such as nanotechnology and genomics. This conference will trace the progress of thought from the speculations of the ancients to the reality of the modern day.


Registration to attend this conference is free, but must be confirmed using the Conference booking form by midday on Friday 15th February 2019.

There will be a conference dinner at St Cross in the evening following the end of the conference with an after-dinner talk by Jonty Hurwitz (nano sculptor and engineer) on his construction of the smallest human form ever created using nanotechnology.