The Science of Can and Can’t with Chiara Marletto (hosted by New Scientist Magazine)

Chiara Marletto discusses an revolutionary approach seeking to confront existing challenges in fundamental physics



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Chiara Marletto, Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford

There is a vast class of properties, which science has so far neglected, that relate not only to what happens – the actual – but to what could be or could not be: the counterfactual. This is the science of can and can’t.

In this talk, Chiara Marletto discusses this revolutionary approach, which holds extraordinary promise for confronting existing challenges in fundamental physics. From delivering next generation of programmable machines, to even understanding how the mind works.

By contemplating the possible as well as the actual, counterfactuals can break down barriers to knowledge and form a more complete, abundant and rewarding picture of the universe itself.
What’s included in your ticket:

Live lecture lasting 60 minutes including Q&A with Chiara Marletto

On-demand access to a recording of the lecture and Q&A for 12 months

Bonus content from New Scientist

About the speaker:
Chiara Marletto is a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Turin. Her research is in theoretical physics. She also pursues interests in theoretical biology, epistemology, and Italian literature.

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Sep 02 - 09 2021


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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