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Ordinary Meeting: "What Happened at the Big Bang?"

Friday 4th July 2014 - 8:00pm
Topic:   What happened at the Big Bang?
Speaker:   Dr Luke Barnes, University of Sydney
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract:  
Was the big bang the beginning of the universe? Does the big bang represent the beginning of time itself? This is an age-old question, and has been remarkably informed by modern cosmology.
I will answer this question once and for all.
I will follow the theorems, evidence and hints that lead us back in time. In particular, I will discuss the expansion of the space, the physics of the very early universe, the recent BICEP2 results and cosmic inflation, the effect of quantum physics, and the reason (or one of them) why Stephen Hawking is famous.
Biography:
Dr Luke A. Barnes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy. After undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, Dr. Barnes earned a scholarship to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge. He worked as a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), before returning to Sydney in 2011. He has published papers on galaxy formation and cosmology, and recently has taken an interest in the fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life. He blogs at letterstonature.wordpress.com.
Event Date: 
Friday, 4 July, 2014 - 20:00
Location: 
Epping Creative Centre, 26 Stanley Road, Epping NSW

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