Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture: The Birth of the Universe

Start: Feb 26, 2014 04:00 PM
End: Feb 26, 2014 06:00 PM


By Prof. George Efstathiou Kavli

Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge

Date: Weds 26 Feb 2014

Time: 4pm

Location: Anatomy JZ Young Lecture Theatre, followed by a drinks reception in Physics room E7


Modern physics attempts to explain the full complexity of the physical world in terms of three principles: gravity, relativity and quantum mechanics.  This raises important fundamental questions such as why is our Universe so large and old?  Why is it almost, but not perfectly, homogeneous and isotropic?  I will describe how recent measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation made with the Planck Satellite can be used to answer these questions and to elucidate what happened within 10-35 seconds of the creation of our Universe.

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