An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

Noncommutative Geometry and Physics: Fundamental Structure of Space and Time

4 - 8 September 2006

Workshop Organisers: A Connes (IHES), C Hull (Imperial), S Majid (Queen Mary) and A Schwarz (UC Davis)

Workshop Scientific Advisory Panel: J Cuntz (Munster), G 't Hooft (Utrecht) and Yu Manin (MPI Bonn)

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    in association with the Newton Institute programme entitled Noncommutative Geometry (24 July to 22 December 2006)

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Theme of Workshop:

The workshop is expected to be a unique event that brings together mathematicians and physicists to consider the fundamental nature of space and time. Are space and time a continuum, discrete or something different from both of these at the tiniest scales? Is time intrinsically generated? What is the picture of spacetime arising from string theory and quantum gravity? Noncommutative geometry provides a radical proposal as to what 'geometry' might be from a pure mathematician's point of view. The workshop will bring this and other new conceptions of geometry in contact with physical and philosophical intuitions about the nature of gravity, quantum measurement, information, and the possibility of experimental test.

Invited Speakers to Include (to be confirmed):

A Connes, R Penrose and A Schwarz.

Location and Cost:

The workshop will take place at the Newton Institute and accommodation for participants will be provided in single study bedrooms with shared bathroom at Wolfson Court. The conference package, costing £480, includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner from dinner on Sunday 3 September 2006 to breakfast on Saturday 9 September 2006, and lunch and refreshments during the days that lectures take place. Participants who wish to attend but do not require the workshop package will be charged a registration fee of £40. Self-supporting participants are very welcome to apply.

Evening events will include a public panel discussion under the heading Space and Time: an Evening of Speculation, which workshop participants and their accompanying persons are welcome to attend. Further information is available here.

Application Forms:

Are available here. Invited participants to the semester long programme whose dates coincide with those of the workshop need not apply or pay any registration fee.

Closing Date:

The closing date for the receipt of applications has passed, however late applications may still be considered.

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