The Nature of Reality
FREE LECTURE SERIES 2019-20
Roberto Trotta, Visiting Professor of Cosmology
All lectures are free on a first-come first served basis, but we can book for schools/ colleges on [email protected]
Monday 4 November 2019, 1pm, Museum of London
The cosmic microwave background is the luminous echo of the primordial explosion, the Big Bang — literally the oldest light in the Universe. Exquisitely precise measurements of this light have allowed astronomers to achieve what might seem impossible: weighing the universe, and thereby establishing the geometry of space. This lecture will explain the physics of the cosmic microwave background and the challenges in understanding where our universe came from.
Monday 3 February 2020, 1pm, Museum of London
Albert Einstein’s mind-boggling ideas revolutionized our view of the universe. From relativity to curved spacetime, from the Big Bang to black holes and gravitational waves, nothing could be further from our everyday experience than such esoteric concepts, right? Wrong! This lecture will offer a surprising exploration of the wide-ranging consequences of Einstein’s ideas, and how they shape our everyday life.
Monday 27 April 2020, 1pm, Museum of London
Dark matter and dark energy together make up 95% of our Universe. Yet, very little is known about them. This lecture will present the endeavours of cosmologists and particle physics, as they attempt to explain the fundamental nature of these mysterious dark components. The existence of dark matter might open new vistas in particle physics, while dark energy might even hold the key to the multiverse.
Dates may be subject to change so please check our website for final dates and locations: www.gresham.ac.uk