Why does the Cosmos exist?

Presented by ANU College of Science

Why is there anything at all? This is the riddle of existence. Its answer has traditionally been sought through religion and myth. In this lecture, modern physics will be considered in order to see if it might enlighten us about why anything exists or whether the answer to the riddle of existence can only be found from metaphysics or religion.

Dr Peter J Riggs is a philosopher of science and a physicist at the Australian National University. He is a leading researcher on the nature of time and the foundations of physics. Dr Riggs's publications include the books: Quantum Causality (Springer Academic, 2009) and Whys and Ways of Science: Introducing Philosophical and Sociological Theories of Science (Melbourne University Press, 1992).