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Thomas Hertog: Stephen Hawking and the physics and philosophy of time
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Thomas Hertog: Stephen Hawking and the physics and philosophy of time

Thomas Hertog is a cosmologist and one of Stephen Hawking’s closest collaborators. He's the author of the book On the Origin of Time: Stephen Hawking's Final Theory.

Thomas Hertog is a cosmologist and one of Stephen Hawking’s closest collaborators. He's the author of the book On the Origin of Time, which is a beautiful blend of physics, philosophy, and biography of Stephen and his long term collaboration with Thomas.

Topics:

  • The physics and philosophy of time

  • The origin of time, and how even make sense of statements of that type

  • A bold new idea about the origin of the laws of physics

  • Stephen Hawking, both as a scientist and a human being

… and other topics.

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Episode links

  • Thomas’ book: https://www.amazon.com.au/Origin-Time-journey-Stephen-Hawking-ebook/dp/B08QV2Y1JF


Timestamps

0:00 Intro

1:10 How could time have an origin?

8:15 Human intuition and the origin of time

10:50 Thomas and Matt reminisce about Stephen Hawking

20:20 Can time flow in reverse?

28:30 Wave Function of the Universe

36:25 Imaginary time & quantum gravity

39:15 Darwinian evolution of the laws of physics

56:15 Quantum multiverse

1:06:10 Experimental verification of Thomas' & Stephen's' theories

1:15:25 Book recommendations

1:18:25 Who should represent humanity to an AI superintelligence?

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