SFI Community Lecture: Lloyd to Speak on Possibility of Time Travel July 16

Prof. Seth Lloyd

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will host a lecture by Seth Lloyd at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerillos Road in Santa Fe.

Lloyd is a science board and external professor at SFI and professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His talk is entitled, “Is Time Travel Possible? Testing the ‘Grandfather Paradox.'” Lloyd’s research area is the interplay of information with complex systems, especially quantum systems.

Time travel is a science fiction staple, inspiring the plots of countless books, movies, and “Star Trek” episodes. But while basic physics allows for the possibility of moving through time, practical concerns like the “Grandfather Paradox,” in which a traveler jumps back in time, kills his grandfather, and therefore prevents his own existence, seem to stand in the way.

Self-described “quantum mechanic” Lloyd looks at an alternate mode of time travel that eliminates any events that could later prove paradoxical, making this phenomenon both theoretically possible and creatively irresistible, whether you’re an astrophysicist or just a daydreamer.

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Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For a complete listing of upcoming SFI Community Lectures, visit here.

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The 2014 Community Lecture series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Thornburg Investment Management.


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