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Focus Sesson on "The Nature of Time in Fundamental Science"

November 9 - 10, 2009

320 Whitmore Lab

Session Description

The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at Penn State will hold a two-day focus session on "The Nature of Time in Fundamental Science" on November 9-10, 2009. These sessions bring together leading experts on a sharply defined area from all over the world for summary talks and extended discussions. The goal is to bring out interconnections between complementary but distinct lines of thought to advance the area in novel directions. In this session, the issue of time will be discussed from the perspective of foundations of quantum mechanics, cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity.

Session Program

Speakers include Abhay Ashtekar, Romeo Brunetti, Rodolfo Gambini, Karel Kuchar, Jorge Pullin, Paul Sommers, Paul Steinhardt and William Unruh. In addition, there will also be formal discussion sessions. The session program is now available.

Session Proceedings

The focus session proceedings, prepared by Juan Reyes and Simone Mercuri, are now available.


There is no registration fee but those interested in participating must send an email to email Randi Neshteruk as soon as possible. To enhance discussions, the number of participants is limited to 35.


The workshop will be held in 320 Whitmore Lab on the Penn State University Park campus.

A variety of maps of Penn State and State College are available.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Atherton Hotel and will be held until Friday, October 16, 2009. Please mention "focus session on time" when making reservations.

The Atherton Hotel
125 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
(814) 231-2100 or 800-832-0132 for reservations

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