Elizabeth Spreadbury Lecture 2014

                                          The Birth Of The Universe
                                    Prof. George Efstathiou FRS

                                4:00pm on Wednesday February 26th 2014

Abstract
Modern physics attempts to explain the full complexity of the physical world in terms of three principles: gravity, relativity and quantum mechanics. This raises important fundamental questions such as why is our Universe so large and old? Why is it almost, but not perfectly, homogeneous and isotropic? I will describe how recent measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation made with the Planck Satellite can be used to answer these questions and to elucidate what happened within 10-35 seconds of the creation of our Universe.


This years Spreadbury Lecture will be given by Prof. George Efstathious FRS. He is the current director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. He has received numerous awards including: the IoP Maxwell Medal, Vainu Bappu Prize, Heineman Prize, Guber Cosmology Prize and the Nemitsas Prize. He is presently one of the leading members of the Planck Satellite Science team.

The lecture will take place in the Anatomy JZ Young theatre at 4:00pm on Wednesday February 26 2014. The lecture theater can be assesed from the entrance to Anatomy directly opposite the Print Cafe just before you enter Foster Court.

All students are welcome and the lecture will be accessible to undergraduates studying either physics or astrophysics. The event is co-sponsored by the Physics and Astronomy Event Horizon Society.

Following the lecture, refreshments will be served in E3/E7 in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and anyone attending the lecture is most welcome.