Professor Robert Mann: The Multiverse, Science & Theology – a Critical Inquiry

Date(s) - January 16, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Mathematics Building, Room 100 (UBC)

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Professor Mann explains multiverse theory and what implications the acceptance of multiverse theory may have for science and theology. If the multiverse is rejected as an explanation for the particularity of our universe, scientists and theologians are left to address why our particular universe exists rather than every universe.


Robert B. Mann (PhD University of Toronto) is Professor of Physics at the University of Waterloo; he has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Cambridge Universities, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.  He is an Affiliate Member of the Perimeter Institute and the Institute for Quantum Computing. Author of over 350 papers, he has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Teaching Excellence awards from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and from the University of Waterloo, and a Presidential Award of merit from the University of Waterloo. He was chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo from 2001-2008 and is a past President of the Canadian Association of Physicists (2009-2011) and the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (1996-2007). He has served on the Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation.

His research interests are in black holes, cosmology, particle physics, quantum foundations, and quantum information, as well as the science/religion dialogue. His Waterloo research group looks at these questions:

  • How would relativity influence how a quantum computer worked?
  • Could we use a quantum probe to peek inside a black hole?
  • Is it possible that the Big Bang could be replaced with a black hole at the beginning of time?

Part of a TWU, SFU, UBC Tour co-sponsored with CSCA, the  Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation

1 comment for “Professor Robert Mann: The Multiverse, Science & Theology – a Critical Inquiry

  1. I am a Brazilian, I don’t write English well, but I think I can be understood. I think the theory of Multiverse is ad hoc, its aim is to avoid the evidence of the existence of God that is offered by the fine tuning of the Universe. It’s absurd to think that exist zillions of universes. And if so, this doesn’t explain the fine tuning.

    Edgar de Andrade Xavier

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