Talk: Learning about cosmological systems in the lab: philosophical questions

06 July 2024 15:30 - 16:00 The Royal Society Free Watch online

This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2024

Many cosmological systems – such as black holes or events in the early universe – are inaccessible experimentally. However, we can create concrete models in the lab that replicate some of the behaviour of these systems. In this talk, Dr Lina Jansson will discuss the philosophical questions that arise when we use one system to try to understand a different system. How is it possible to understand one system better by studying a different one?

Dr Lina Jansson is Associate Professor working in the Philosophy Department at the University of Nottingham. Her main research interest has centred around questions that have to do with the nature of explanation. She is the recipient of the 2023 APEX Award.

Attending the event

This talk will be held in the Kohn Centre on Saturday 6 July 2024, 3.30pm - 4pm. 

  • Free to attend, no ticket required
  • The room has limited capacity, so we recommend that visitors arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the talk. We operate a first-come, first-served policy
  • This talk will take place in person at the Royal Society and will also be livestreamed on the Royal Society YouTube channel
  • Live subtitles will be available in-person and virtually
  • Suitable for everyone 
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  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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