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To infinity and beyond

28 October 2008


Does space go on for ever? How can time have no end? What effect has infinity had on our understanding of mathematics, science and philosophy?

These are some of the questions that Professor John D. Barrow FRS will be addressing at The Lord Phillips Memorial Lecture, held at the University on Wednesday 29 October 2008.

The talk, entitled ‘The Infinite’ will look at some of the special problems that infinity has created for mathematicians, physicists, astronomers, philosophers and theologians. He will ask whether we can imagine infinity and whether we should believe it.

Professor Barrow is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society and Gresham Professor of Astronomy. In 2006 he was awarded the Templeton Prize - which recognises exemplary achievement in work related to life's spiritual dimension - and is also an author and playwright.

The lecture is a joint event between Cardiff University and Cardiff Scientific Society in memory of Lord David Phillips.

The lecture starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th October in the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Main Building, with a drinks reception beforehand.

Tickets are priced at £8 and can be purchased on the night. Further information is available at and