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The Discovery of the Accelerating Universe with Dr Chris Lidman, AAO

Friday 4 May 2012 - 8:00pm
Topic: The Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
Speaker: Dr Chris Lidman, AAO
Venue: Epping Creative Centre - 26 Stanley Road, Epping
Abstract: The Nobel Prize winning discovery of the accelerating Universe is one of the great scientific discovery of our generation. However, it leaves us with what is considered by many to be the biggest question in modern physics: What causes the acceleration?

In this talk, I will describe how the discovery of the accelerating Universe was made, what it means for the future of our Universe, and how scientists are trying to understand what causes the acceleration.

Biography: Chris Lidman completed his PhD at the Australian National University in 1994 under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Peterson. From 1995 to 2009, he worked as an ESO staff astronomer in Chile, first at the La Silla Observatory and at the VLT. In 1996, he joined the team that discovered the accelerating universe in 1999, a discovery that was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. In 2010, Chris returned to Australia as an ARC Future Fellow, where he continues to work in the field of observational cosmology.

 

Event Date: 
Friday, 4 May, 2012 - 20:00

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