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On the occasion of the Dutch translation of Sir Roger Penrose's monumental book "The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe", the UvA Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and Meromorf Press organised a symposium with the author, followed by the book presentation.

Sir Roger Penrose speaking at the IAS, 22 January 2019
Sir Roger Penrose

The main topic of the day was how the physical, mental and mathematical worlds are connected, as postulated in the "Three Worlds Model" by the renowned guest of honour. Sir Roger Penrose gave a memorable presentation, as well as theoretical physicist Renate Loll, neuroscientists Rainer Goebel and Sacha van Albada, and mathematician Bart de Smit.

By bringing together eminent researchers, who are key figures in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, mathematics, physics and complexity, the event resulted in high-level, multidisciplinary discussions. Initiatives were established for potential collaborations between researchers of these different fields, and lab invitations were exchanged.

Video-recordings of the lectures:

Sir Roger Penrose
Prof. Renate Loll
Prof. Rainer Goebel
Dr. Sacha van Albada
Prof. Bart de Smit


The symposium was sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the  Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdV Institute), Platform Wiskunde Nederland (PWN), and National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef).

Book presentation Sloot-Penrose
Sir Roger Penrose and Prof. Peter Sloot