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FQxI’s 3rd International Conference

Setting Time Aright


Bergen, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark


August 27 – September 1, 2011

The time is out of joint—O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right!

– Hamlet Act 1, scene 5 / William Shakespeare

This conference will bring together leading researchers across a wide range of fields within physics and cosmology, as well as from computer science, complex systems, biology, philosophy, and psychology. The participants will discuss a number of interrelated foundational questions related to the nature of time.

The meeting will take place Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2011, in two parts:

  • At Sea: Starting on August 27 with a chartered cruise aboard the National Geographic Explorer originating in Bergen, Norway and disembarking in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 29.
  • On Land: The conference will then continue for three nights in Copenhagen.

The schedule (and unusual location) will be designed to maximize inter- and intra-disciplinary collaboration and interaction, with ample time for organized and free discussion in inspiring environments (tentatively including fjord cruising and group excursions in National Geographic’s Zodiac explorer vessels). Attendees will include members of FQXi and other select invitees, and will represent a broad range of disciplines bearing on the problem of time.

This conference is the third in a series of international conferences that FQXi organizes to bring together specialists and researchers working on foundational questions. Please visit our website for more info about previous FQXi conferences in Iceland and the Azores.

Conference Organizing Committee: Anthony Aguirre, Sean Carroll, Jesse Dylan, Brendan Foster, Jennifer Ouellette, Huw Price, Nick Pritzker, and Max Tegmark  

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