Harrie Massey Lecture 2014: Prof. Steven Chu, Nobel Prize in Physics 1997, Former US Secretary of Energy
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Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture: The Birth of the Universe
Publication date: Jan 10, 2014 10:33:53 AM
Feb 26, 2014 4:00:00 PM
End: Feb 26, 2014 6:00:00 PM
By Prof. George Efstathiou Kavli
Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge
Date: Weds 26 Feb 2014
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.