The Universe: Continuing Surprises


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  • Speaker: Wendy Freedman, Director, Carnegie Observatories
  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 10/22/2014
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Location: Room 1800 Chemistry

  • Description:

    Over the past few decades, cosmologists have for the first time identified the major constituents of the universe. Surprisingly, the universe hardly resembles what we thought only a few decades ago. The universe is filled with dark matter that is not visible and energy that permeates all of space, causing its expansion to speed up with time. New giant telescopes planned for the next decade are likely to reveal more surprises.  In her lecture, Professor Freedman will describe these recent advances.

    Our distinguished lecturer is Professor Wendy Freedman, who was recently appointed as a University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, she served as the Crawford H. Greenewalt Director of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Pasadena, California. She has also served as chair of the board of directors of the Giant Magellan Telescope project since its inception in 2003, a role that she will retain at the University of Chicago.

    Prior to the lecture, there will be a reception in the atrium outside of room 1800. The reception begins at 3:30 PM, with cookies and coffee available for guests.

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