Presenter: Michael Turner
2016 Summer Kavli Fulldome Lecture
“From The Big Bang To The Multiverse & Beyond”
Presented by Dr. Michael Turner
May and July 2016
We know the Universe began 13.7 billion years ago in an explosion of space called the Big Bang. We also know that the gravity of dark matter created the galaxies and other cosmic structures we see today from tiny quantum fluctuations that arose just after the Big Bang. Yet some big questions remain.
Is our Universe part of a larger multiverse? What is speeding up the expansion of the Universe? These are the mysteries that inspire cosmologists today. In “From The Big Bang To The Multiverse & Beyond,” University of Chicago’s Michael Turner explored some of the biggest mysteries in modern cosmology.
About the Speaker
Dr. Michael Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is also Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago. Turner helped to pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology and has made seminal contributions to the current cosmological paradigm known as “LambdaCDM”, including the prediction of cosmic acceleration. His current research interests are dark matter, dark energy, and inflation. Turner has won numerous prizes and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.