October 15, 2004  


October 26 Public Lecture: The Runaway Universe

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.

For information on the Public Lecture Series, see: http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/lectures/  





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Last update Thursday October 14, 2004 by Emily Ball