The Physics, Philosophy & Fiction behind Doctor Who
Since the laws of physics, as we presently know them, don’t preclude the possibility of time travel, we draw on the works of notable physicists, Kip Thorne, Stephen Hawking, Igor Dmitriyevich Novikov, David Deutsch and Seth Lloyd, to explore the possibilities and paradoxes of this phenomenon. We will compare and contrast the factual with time travel fictional stories in books, movies and TV shows; drawing on authors such as H.G. Wells and Stephen Baxter. This will include the physics of the TARDIS and other technology found in the sci-fi series Doctor Who.
James Peat Barbieri
James Peat Barbieri, has been taking part in conferences and courses at the Pari Center since he was 11, and at the age of 15 became David Peat’s Teaching Assistant. He gave two mini-courses on Beauty and Mathematics, dealing with the relationship of Nature and the Golden Section, and on Hegel’s philosophy and its symmetry with the works of David Bohm.
James studied at a professional dance school, Ateneo della Danza in Siena, for 5 years but has now moved on to academic life. He’s currently in his second year studying Physics and Philosophy at King’s College, London. His other main interest is science fiction, especially the BBC series Doctor Who, and he holds the position President of the Doctor Who society of Kings College.
Gordon Shippey started out in the field of electronics, working on nuclear installations (e.g. Sizewell B in the UK). Following an accident Gordon switched careers and now works with students on the autistic spectrum. Gordon is a natural philosopher who maintains a keen interest in the philosophy of science and the foundations of quantum theory (with greater emphasis on the ontological interpretations of the theory). Outside of this, Gordon engages in community cohesion projects and social, economic and political activism, applying where possible F. David Peat’s theory of Gentle Action.