In conversation with Sir Roger Penrose
26 Oct 2021 | 7:00pm
Sir Roger Penrose talks about physics, philosophy and art in a conversation with Thomas Fink and Yang-Hui He in the Faraday lecture theatre.
Sir Roger Penrose is a mathematical physicist with the eye of an artist and the soul of a philosopher. He won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the mathematical foundations of black holes. The tilings which bear his name can cover the plane in a never-repeating pattern. His work on the theory of mind suggests consciousness is a peculiarly human capability. He is a master word-smither, capable of rendering the most complex ideas clear, and his popular books have inspired a generation of physicists and laymen alike.
In this event, Sir Roger joins Dr Thomas Fink and Prof. Yang-Hui He on stage for a conversation about the man behind the science. We take a rare look into the workings of this singular mind. How does he get his ideas? Is beauty a guide to truth? What’s the basis of free will? Is AI a threat? Can art inform science? Is man different from machine? Do universities monopolise research? The discussion takes place in the Faraday lecture theatre at the Royal Institution. Afterwards, guests are invited to join the speakers for drinks and canapés in the London Institute’s private rooms.
Sir Roger Penrose
Sir Roger Penrose Kt OM FRS is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor at Oxford. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics and the Wolf Prize in Physics and was appointed to the Order of Merit. His work spans general relativity, black holes, cosmology, tiling theory and the theory of mind.
Dr Thomas Fink, a Caltech alumnus, is Director of the London Institute and Charge de Recherche in the French CNRS. He studied at Caltech, Cambridge and Ecole Normale. He works on statistical physics, combinatorics, the foundations of AI and the mathematics of innovation.
Yang-Hui He, a Princeton alumnus, is a Fellow at the London Institute, Professor at City University, Chang-Jiang Chair at Nankai and Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford. He studied at Princeton, Cambridge and MIT and works on geometry, string theory and machine-learning.