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The Origin of the Laws of Nature

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Are the laws of nature imposed on us by a lawmaker or can we identify a simpler origin? Professor Peter Atkins shall explore the possibility that they spring from a mixture of indolence, anarchy, and ignorance. And what about the fundamental constants: can their values be explained? He shall argue that some of them, such as the speed of light, arise from something as simple as human prejudice.

Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and was tutor in physical chemistry until his retirement in 2007. For much of his career, and still today, he has focussed on writing over 70 books, both textbooks and books on science for the general public. This talk is a preview of a book, Conjuring the universe, due to appear next March.

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