Philosophy of Dark Energy Workshop

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Please mark your calendar for an upcoming workshop, Philosophy of Dark Energy, to be held in Irvine, California. If you are interested in attending, please contact Deborah Fox. More details about this event will be available soon.


Philosophy of Dark Energy Workshop
March 8 – 10, 2019
University of California, Irvine

In the late 1990s, scientists working on the High-Z Supernovae Search Team and the Supernova Cosmology Project provided the first evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. To explain this acceleration, cosmologists have posited “dark energy”, a previously unknown kind of energy now believed to permeate all of space and to make up approximately 70% of the total energy of the universe. But what is dark energy? Is it the vacuum energy associated with known particle species? Or is it a manifestation of an entirely new entity? Or is it simply a reflection of a non-zero value for Einstein’s “cosmological constant”? This workshop will bring together physicists and philosophers to explore the epistemological and methodological issues raised by dark energy, with a focus on understanding the theoretical motivations and empirical evidence for different proposals concerning its nature.

Invited Speakers:

Luca Amendola, Institute of Theoretical Physics in Heidelberg

Robert Brandenberger, McGill University

Robert Caldwell, Dartmouth College

Sean Carroll, Caltech University

Anne-Christine Davis, University of Cambridge

Paul Hamilton, University of California, Los Angeles

Lavinia Heisenberg, Institute for Theoretical Physics, ETH Zurich

Dragan Huterer, University of Michigan

Jim Peebles, Princeton University

Thomas Ryckman, Stanford University

Daniela Saadeh, University of Nottingham

Chris Smeenk, University of Western Ontario

Shinji Tsujikawa, Tokyo University of Science

David Wallace, University of Southern California

This event is made possible by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, to Chris Smeenk and Jim Weatherall.