The objective of the international conference is to gather experts in the field of cosmology in order to explain and discuss the different cosmological models used to interpret the same cosmological data. The first day, spiral galaxy rotational velocity curves are analyzed; the second day, galaxy cluster gravitational dynamics; and the third day, the acceleration of the expansion of the universe. The principal cosmological models used to interpret these data, are the standard Lambda-CDM, on the one hand, and on the other hand, alternative relativistic models that have been proposed in recent years by different astrophysicists. If it were the case that radically different models could explain the data, and if no observable difference in the predictions would exist, then one would face the problem of how to decide which model is to be preferred. This question belongs to the realms of the philosophy of science, and a possible answer can be found from the point of view of Karl Popper’s representation of that discipline.
Dates: November 17th, 18th and 19th, 2010
Place: Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
Hotel: Hotel Camino Real, Santa Fe, Mexico City