Understanding the Universe with AI

A Gresham College lecture as Visiting Professor of Cosmology, part of the series “The Unexpected Universe“. Digital technology from the early 1990s onwards produced an exponential increase in astronomical data. Within our lifetime, the entirety of the visible universe will have been mapped out: we will have seen everything there is to see. The question will then […]

Mysteries of the Dark Cosmos

Posted on Mar 2, 2021 in Gresham College, Outreach, Public lecture, Science, universe

A Gresham College lecture as Visiting Professor of Cosmology, part of the series “The Nature of Reality“. 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 physicists, as they attempt to explain the fundamental nature of these […]

What Has Einstein Ever Done for You?

Posted on Feb 15, 2021 in Gresham College, Outreach, Public lecture, Science

A Gresham College lecture as Visiting Professor of Cosmology, part of the series “The Nature of Reality“. 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 […]

Neutrino: the particle that shouldn’t exist

Posted on Feb 2, 2021 in Gresham College, Outreach, Public lecture, Science

A Gresham College lecture as Visiting Professor of Cosmology, part of the series “The Unexpected Universe“. In 1930, the great physicist Wolfgang Pauli did something that “no theorist should ever do”: he invented a new particle that he thought nobody could ever detect in order to save the principle of energy conservation in certain radioactive […]

Inaugural lecture: From the Big Bang to AI

Posted on Jun 9, 2020 in AI, Bayes, Outreach, Public lecture, Research, Science, universe

My inaugural lecture as Professor of Astrostatistics at Imperial College London on Jan 15th 2020. A truly unique opportunity for me to sum up what I’ve learnt, from dark matter to Bayes, to the the audience to taste dark matter and feel the dark matter wind (!) and to share the journey. An unforgettable, emotional […]

Weighing the Universe

Posted on Apr 17, 2020 in Gresham College, Outreach, Public lecture, Science, universe

A public lecture given on Nov 4th 2019 as Visiting Professor of Cosmology at Gresham College, London. Part of a three lecture series in 2019-2020 on “The Nature of Reality”. Surely you can’t “weigh” the Universe?!  Let us begin by clarifying the title of this lecture: “weighing” is not quite the right word. In fact, […]

Why Society Needs Astronomy and Cosmology

A public lecture given as Guest Professor at Gresham College London on March 15th 2016. “One day, Sir, you may tax it!”  In 1850 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, William Gladstone, reportedly visited Michael Faraday’s laboratory at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Faraday’s reputation as one of the greatest scientists of his time was […]

Dining with Copernicus

Posted on Feb 12, 2020 in Multi-Sensory, Outreach, Public lecture, universe

In Sept 2018, I had the pleasure to be invited to take part to an “immersive dinner experience” organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London. Combining theatre, history, astronomy and cuisine, the evening celebrated in an entertaining manner Polish history and the discoveries of Nicolaus Copernicus. I gave the “Astronomer’s Speech”, on the life […]

The Nature of Reality

Posted on Aug 19, 2019 in Gresham College, News, Outreach, Public lecture

FREE LECTURE SERIES 2019-20 The Nature of Reality 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 Weighing the Universe  The cosmic microwave background is the luminous echo of the primordial […]

g-ASTRONOMY: The Universe, on the Tip of your Tongue

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 in g-ASTRONOMY, Hands-On Universe, Outreach, Public lecture

An exciting and innovative public engagement project, g-ASTRONOMY, will bring the wonders of the universe to people with sight loss through a multi-sensorial gastronomical experience on March 14th 2017. g-ASTRONOMY aims to break the assumption that astronomy and astrophysics can only be understood in terms of visual representation. By creating simple, elegant (and edible) metaphors […]