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Elitenetzwerk FORUM

Visions of the early Universe


Visions of the early Universe - Sind wir Zeugen des Urknalls?


Monday, 26 January 2015, 7:30pm Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Große Aula Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80333 München

Cosmology, the science investigating questions about the entire universe, has recently been converted from a rather speculative theoretical enterprise to a data driven empirical subject. This is largely due to satellite missions mapping the microwave background radiation, which is a remnant of an early time when the universe was much denser and hotter than today.

Professor Komatsu is a leading researcher in this area of observational cosmology. He has been a key figure in mapping the cosmic microwave sky. Professor Steinhardt is one of the most influential theoretical cosmologists for many years. He has recently argued that the high precision data favor a cyclic evolution of the universe rather than inflationary Big Bang cosmology that he himself had previously been a key contributor to.

The speakers will not only present the latest findings about the universe and its possible beginnings but also discuss if there are limits of what can be theorized about, and how far the scientific method can be taken. Does it reach to the boundaries of the universe or is there a fundamental limit of what can be known.


This evening is TMP's contribution to the series "Elitenetzwerk Bayern FORUM" of the Elite Network of Bavaria.