Copernicus Center Lecture 2012

2012 Copernicus Center Lecture, "On the nature of cosmology today," will be delivered by George F. R. Ellis. He is a cosmologist, mathematician, philosopher of science as well as researcher of the relationship between science and religion, currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Complex Systems in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Copernicus Center Lecture 2012 will be held on the first day of the Conference in the Aula of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sławkowska Str. 17, Kraków.

Previous Lectures

Copernicus Center Lecture 2011
Joseph LeDoux, Our emotional brains
Copernicus Center Lecture 2010
Sir Roger Penrose, Aeons before the Big Bang
Copernicus Center Lecture 2009
Francisco Ayala, Evolution of the Universe - Evolution of Life


Thursday, May 17

Aula of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences,
Sławkowska Str. 17, Kraków
9:00 - 9:10 Opening of the Conference
9:10 - 10:00 George F.R. Ellis, On the Nature of Causality in Complex Systems /abstract/
10:00 - 10:50 Derek Raine, Causality and Complexity /abstract/
10:50 - 11:20 Coffee break
11:20 - 12:10 Julian Barbour, Timeless Explanation: A New Kind of Causality /abstract/
12:10 - 13:00 Michał Heller, Bottom-Up Causality in a New Setting /abstract/
13:00 - 14:20 Lunch break
14:20 - 15:10 Andrzej Sitarz,Causality and Noncommutativity /abstract/
15:10 - 16:00 Jean-Philippe Uzan, Models of the Cosmos: Hypothesis, Constraints and Open Possibilities /abstract/
16:00 - 16:20 Coffee break
16:20 - 17:10 Jerzy Lewandowski, Quantizable Models of Gravity /abstract/

2012 Copernicus Center Lecture
17:30 - 19:30 George F.R. Ellis, On the Nature of Cosmology Today /abstract/

Friday, May 18

Conference hall of the Congregation of the Mission,
Stradomska Str. 4, Kraków
9:00 - 9:50 Marek Kuś, The Uncertain Future and the Ambiguous Past in Classical, Quantum and General Non-signaling Settings /abstract/
9:50 - 10:40 Mariusz Dąbrowski, Varying Physical Constant Cosmologies and the Anthropic Principles /abstract/
10:40 - 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 - 12:00 Andrzej Sołtan, X-ray Background and Cosmology /abstract/
12:00 - 12:50 William Stoeger, Cosmology, Evolution, Causality and Creation: The Limits, Compatibility and Cooperation of Scientific and Philosophical Methodologies /abstract/
12:50 - 14:10 Lunch break
14:10 - 15:00 Bogdan Dembiński, The Concept of Causality in Ancient Greek Philosophy /abstract/
15:00 - 15:50 Thomas Tracy, God and the Causal Structures of Nature: Some Puzzles /abstract/
15:50 - 16:10 Coffee break
16:10 - 17:00 Willem Drees, God as Ground? Cosmology and Non-causal Conceptions of the Divine /abstract/
17:00 - 17:30 Discussion and closing of the conference