What is enlightenment?

The Time Traveler

Bach, the Universe and Everything returns to the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute for a second season of awe-inspiring music and musings
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Bach Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke
(I am content with my fortune) BWV 84 

Professor Fay Dowker Imperial College
Steven Devine director

Bach, the Universe and Everything is our very own Sunday service for inquiring and curious minds; a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. In this event, we explore the competing philosophies on the passage of time.

THE SCIENCE

The promise of the future has fascinated and inspired generations of great thinkers, but the concept of ‘the future’, depends on the theory that time progresses forwards. The leading physicist in spacetime wormholes Dr Fay Dowker, talks us through the competing philosophies on the passage of time, if, indeed, time passes at all.

THE MUSIC

As the possibility of time travel seems so far out of reach, Bach’s modest cantata BWV 84  Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke encourages us to be content with our position and “that which God has allocated to us”.

"I've always dreamed of seeing the future, looking beyond my years, seeing the progress of mankind. I'll also be able to see who wins the next 25 World Series... "
Emmett 'Doc' Brown, Back to the Future

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Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics