The Chronos programme section borrows its name from Greek philosophy, where it represents the personification of time itself.

In this context, Chronos represents time both in terms of physics and natural sciences, attempting its objective measurement and explanation, and as a subjective experience that continues whether we are at work or at school and whether we are bored or having fun. In today’s fast-paced society, we are all too familiar with the psychological experience of time. We are bombarded by stimuli, information and requirements, which make us feel that we never have enough time for everything. This relentless pace can be exhausting. Someone may forget to pick up kids from school or water a bonsai that withers after being left in the sun for too long. And someone (like astronomer Chris Impey, the section’s guest) may begin to wonder where it will all lead. The beginnings and ends of physical processes, both unimaginably large and infinitesimally small, will take the stage in this section, as we will cover both the beginning of life on Earth and the death of the known universe. We will be screening hidden gems of the modern history of science documentaries. You will get the chance to watch Particle Fever by Mark Levinson, Sans Soleil by Chris Marker, Chronos by Ron Fricke or Examined Life by Astra Taylor.