October 26 Public Lecture: The
By Linda DuShane White
Concentrating on questions that have fascinated mankind throughout
history, Roger Blandford (KIPAC), director of the Kavli Institute for
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, will speak on ‘The Runaway
Universe’ at the next SLAC public lecture on Tuesday, October 26, at
7:30 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium.
Roger Blandford (KIPAC) will
present the next public lecture (Photo by Diana Rogers)
Using powerful new technology, scientists have observed that the
Universe appears to be flat, accelerating and lightweight. What do these
terms mean, how was this view developed and what does it imply? Other
questions to be addressed are the connection between cosmology and
particle physics experiments, and the connection to the even more
powerful telescopes and accelerators envisioned for the future. These
tools are expected to help provide far greater knowledge of the
geometry, expansion and contents of our Universe, according to Blandford.
Blandford came here a year ago and says he is enjoying being in the
Stanford community, working with his new colleagues and building up the
Kavli Institute. Born in England, he received his PhD from the
University of Cambridge. He joined the Caltech faculty in 1976, where he
was the Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics.
The public lecture is free and no reservations are necessary. A photo ID
is required to enter the Lab.
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