The Kairos of Physics: The Time of God and the Time of Science

A lecture by ICE Fellow Emanuele Ciancio

In 1975, the physicist Fritjof Capra published The Tao of Physics about the relationship between modern physics and Eastern mysticism. More than 30 years later, the physicist Anton Zeilinger said: “Not even God knows in advance the result of a quantum measurement.” Emanuele Ciancio wants to give a full account of this statement, showing an unsuspected concord with Christian theology. To do so, he refers to the key concept used in the New Testament to speak about time: Kairos. Time as Kairos is opposed to Chronos. He shows that the tension between these two conceptual poles may be found in many controversial issues in the long-standing debate about time in physics.