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Peebles to deliver Misel Lecture

James Peebles
James Peebles

Professor P. James E. Peebles of Princeton University will deliver the Third Misel Lecture, "Finding the Big Bang" at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 23rd in Physics 150.

Our Universe is not forever: it is expanding and cooling. Several thousands of millions of years ago the Universe was exceedingly hot and dense, it was very close to smooth, and it was rapidly expanding. Now the Universe is clumpy, with the mass concentrated in and around galaxies of stars, it is cool, except near stars, and it is slowly expanding, though the rate of expansion is speeding up again. I will describe the origins of this concept of cosmic evolution, the discovery of key pieces of evidence that show us that this is what actually happened, and some of the research problems, such as the natures of dark matter and dark energy, which we have left for the next generation.

Peebles will also deliver the School Colloquium, "The Cosmological Tests" on Wednesday, September 24th at 3:35 p.m. in 131 Physics.

The William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Minnesota is proud to host the Irving and Edythe Misel Lecture Series. Mr. Fine’s bold vision and generous gift to the University, inspired by his genuine interest in physics, were instrumental in the establishment of the Institute and its successful development over the past two decades.

The Misel Lecture Series is endowed by a generous gift from Irving and Edythe Misel. The Series honors the life-long friendship between Irving and Edythe Misel, their family, and William and Bianca Fine.

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