December 10, 2004  


Symposium Public Lecture: Cosmic Questions

By Raven Hanna

Is the Universe a fireball or a fractal? Are the rules the same here as they are millions of light years from here? How did the Universe start? How will it end? Will it end? Is the Universe part of a Multiverse?

Andrei Linde (Photo Courtesy of Andre Linde)

These are some of the big questions Andrei Linde (Stanford) will discuss in a free public lecture, entitled The Origin and the Fate of the Universe, at Stanford’s Kresge Auditorium beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15.

The lecture is part of the 22nd Annual Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics (see Texas, page 1). This is an international conference that features recent developments in cosmology and high energy astrophysics.

Linde is one of the originators of inflationary cosmology theories, which replace the one fireball of the Big Bang with a fireball fractal. This idea that many inflating balls continually form new balls leads to the possibility that the Universe as a whole is immortal, even though each of its parts may eventually collapse and disappear. It also suggests that the basic rules of matter and energy may not be constant throughout the universe.

While Linde is one of the premiere intellectual and creative minds in physics, his talk will be geared toward a general audience. He will discuss eternal inflation, string theory and the theory of dark energy in relation to recent cosmological observations.

Linde received his Ph.D. in 1975 from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow. He joined the Physics Department at Stanford in 1990. He has authored 200 papers on particle physics, phase transitions and cosmology, two books on inflationary cosmology, and is the recipient of numerous awards.

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