The last FREE physics lecture this summer is Thursday, August 22nd at 6:30 PM in Paepcke Auditorium, behind the music tent. The title is “Beauty and Blemishes in the Universe,” and will be given by Professor Marc Kamionkowski, from Johns Hopkins University.
On March 21st 2013 an international team of scientists announced results from the Planck satellite, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA that measured with unprecedented precision the relic light from the Big Bang. To the naked eye, the maps of this light look pretty boring and featureless, but encoded within them is an extraordinary wealth of information about the contents of the Universe and its origins. I will describe how scientists have cracked this code and what the maps are telling us. I will also describe a surprise in the data that may be providing a glimpse into what happened before the Big Bang.
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