Institut d’Astrophysique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University
Beecroft Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, University of Oxford
Astronomers peer back into the past with the world’s largest telescopes. They see billions of galaxies, and they find indications of evolution and youth. Before the first galaxies, more than ten billion years ago, there were the Dark Ages. And before then, the Big Bang. But there is much of the universe that we cannot probe. Dr. Silk will describe the universe that we see and give an astronomer’s perspective on the universe that we cannot see. He will describe the past with some confidence, and will speculate about the future, as perceived by cosmologists.
Co-hosted by the Carnegie Institution for Science with the Embassies of Italy and Switzerland, and the Balzan Foundation.