Does free will exist, or is it merely an illusion? Are we the authors of our own actions? The thinkers of our own thoughts? Or are we mere witnesses of our lives? Prisoners of the strict laws of cause and effect, with no room for freedom of choice? Press the yellow button and find it out!
Even though time plays such a central role in our lives, it remains an elusive and mysterious concept. Does time really pass? And why does it flow in only one direction? How comes we remember the past but not the future? Is time travel possible? And does time have a beginning or an end? KU Leuven proudly announces the introduction of a mind-boggling new course on the nature of time!
If the grandfather paradox blew your mind, these time travel paradoxes will melt your brain. From proving the world's most complicated theorem without actually proving it, to fathering your own self. Here's how to create a pocket watch without really creating it, and why Einstein's theory of relativity might not have been Einstein's brainchild after all. Take a deep breath and press the yellow button!
It was a cold and snowy winter day in 1611, when the German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler crossed the Charles Bridge in Prague. A snowflake, born inside an icy cloud high above the city, had journeyed all the way down, to land on Kepler’s coat. Mesmerized by its sheer beauty and perfect symmetry, Kepler marveled ... Press the yellow button, and continue reading!
It was a dark and stormy night. Jack, who had always blamed his grandfather for all the misery in his life, stepped inside the time machine. He pressed some buttons, pulled a lever, and disappeared into the past, his shotgun loaded to kill his grandfather as a little boy ... Press the yellow button, and figure out what happened next!
For as long as we have strolled the Earth, the idea of time travel has sparkled our curiosity and imagination. Countless science fiction writers have explored the possibilities and paradoxes of time travel. But will science fiction ever turn in science fact? Press the yellow button and find out what scientists think about time travel to the future in this first post of the time travel trilogy.
A remarkable thing happened in the city of London at the beginning of the 19th century. Albemarle street became the very first one way street in the metropolis. But why, of all streets, Albemarle street? Press the yellow button, and check it out!
Imagine a world where, at the flick of a switch, you could beam yourself across space to whatever destination you'd like, without having to spend hours on the bus, stuck in traffic, with a group of noisy school kids. All you’d need is a teleportation device. But will science fiction ever become science fact? Press the yellow button, and check it out!
What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bell’s Theorem than with a conference? With Quantum [Un]Speakables II: 50 Years of Bell's Theorem we celebrate John Bell, his theorem and its consequences by focusing on the basics and fundamental questions. The conference will take place at the University of Vienna from June 19 to 22, 2014.
In 1935, Erwin Schrödinger devised a horrifying thought experiment about a cat in a box. The appalling results of his experiment went to the crux of the most severe problem of quantum mechanics — the infamous measurement problem. Much of the philosophical discussion about quantum mechanics still revolves around this problem and how one might go about solving it. Can't resist taking a sneak peek at what's going on inside the box? Press the yellow button, and continue reading!