Arthur S. Eddington:
From Physics to Philosophy and Back Again Conference

This conference will be held on 27-29 May 2019 in Paris (France) to highlight the legacy and impact of Arthur S. Eddington (1882-1944), one of the most influential astronomers of the first half of the 20th century. Director of Cambridge Observatory and a Fellow of Trinity College, he also plunged into philosophy while discovering Einstein’s general relativity in 1916. He played a leading role in writing and lecturing about Einstein’s theories: “the fountainhead of relativity”(as famously quoted by Paul Dirac). His key role in the expeditions to observe the eclipse of 29 May 1919, which led to the confirmation of General Relativity, along with his contributions to stellar physics and galactic dynamics were integral to the our current understanding of astronomy. On the 100th anniversary  of the 1919 eclipse, this conference will be held to bring together astronomers, physicists, philosophers and historians to review Eddington’s lasting influence.


France, Paris

Venue : Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, 98 bis boulevard Arago, 75014 Paris, France.


  • IPC-Facultés Libres de Philosophie et de Psychologie, Paris

  • Observatoire de Paris


Florian Laguens

David Valls-Gabaud