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What happened before the big bang and other big questions about the universe: 2018 Oppenheimer Lecture

Lecture: Lecture Series: Highlight | February 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Michael S. Turner, Professor, Director, University of Chicago, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

Department of Physics


Big ideas like the deep connections between quarks and the cosmos and powerful instruments like the Hubble Space Telescope and Large Hadron Collider have advanced our understanding of the universe.  We can now trace its history from the big-bang beginning 13.8 billion years ago through an early state of quantum fluctuations to a soup of quarks and other particles, from the formation of nuclei and atoms to the emergence of stars and galaxies, and finally to its expansion today. This lecture will describe what we know, what we are trying to figure out and the excitement of the adventure.


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Sarah Wittmer, switt@berkeley.edu, 510-664-7155