December, 12th
3 pm-7 pm
Venue: Aula Fermi, Centro Ricerche Enrico Fermi
Entrance from: Piazza del Viminale 1, 00184 Roma


The Enrico Fermi Study and Research Center (CREF) will host a workshop exploring concepts and theories about the nature of time in Physics and Philosophy.
The passage of time is one of the most straightforward aspects of human perception. Yet, its profound nature has been investigated and questioned by philosophers and scientists throughout the history of human thought.

From the absolute concept of time proposed by Isaac Newton to the relativistic one formulated by Albert Einstein and the more recent attempts of quantum gravity to reach a unified theory between the theory of general relativity and quantum mechanics, modern physics has not yet found a definitive way to explain which is the true nature of time.
With the help of experts in theoretical physics and philosophy, we will open a debate about one of the most fascinating and difficult questions in the human quest for the meaning of reality.



Moderator: Roberto Capuzzo Dolcetta (Sapienza University of Rome, IT)

15.00 Registration and Welcome

15.30 General Relativity and the Puzzle of Inertia – Luciano Pietronero (CREF)

16.00 From the past to the future of time – Stefano Liberati (SISSA Trieste, IT)

16.30 Shapes and a Dynamical Arrow of Time – Julian Barbour (University of Oxford, UK)

17.00  Paradoxes and metaphors of time in between physics and philosophy– Silvia De Bianchi (University of Milan, IT)

17.30 Coffee Break

18.00 Open Discussion

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Organizing Committee: Ilia Musco, Paolo Pani, Alfredo Urbano

Science contact: Ilia Musco ilia.musco@roma1.infn.it

REGISTRATION https://agenda.infn.it/event/38451/registrations/4056/

Support: This event is supported by INFN Fellini Fellowship DarkPBH “Dark Matter and Gravitational Waves” (H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2016 G.A. n. 754496) and by the ERC project DarkGRA “​Unveiling the dark universe with gravitational waves” (ERC-2017-StG 757480).