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Everything from nothing: how our universe was made

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Come along to the first CUAS talk of the year to hear from Professor Carlos Frenk – a leader in the field of computational cosmology!

As our first talk of the year, entry is FREE for all. Annual membership (£7) and life membership (£12) can also be purchased at the event – please bring cash.

The talk will be followed by refreshments outside the lecture theatre.

Please note that the Bristol Myers-Squibb Lecture Theatre (Department of Chemistry) is not our usual venue and is situated at the other end of the building from the Wolfson Lecture Theatre (and may not be accessed from the main entrance). Please enter via the entrance opposite Scott Polar Research Institute (indicated by the red arrow on the map here: https://map.cam.ac.uk/Bristol-Myers+Squibb+Lecture+Theatre). The Department of Chemistry is on Lensfield Road.

Cosmology confronts some of the most fundamental questions in science. How and when did our universe begin? What is it made of? How did galaxies and other structures form? There has been enormous progress in the past few decades towards answering these questions. For example, recent observations have established that our universe contains an unexpected mix of components: ordinary atoms, exotic dark matter and a new form of energy called dark energy. Gigantic surveys of galaxies reveal how the universe is structured. Large supercomputer simulations can recreate the evolution of the universe in astonishing detail and provide the means to relate processes occuring near the beginning with observations of the universe today. A coherent picture of cosmic evolution, going back to a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, is beginning to emerge. However, fundamental issues, like the identity of the dark matter and the nature of the dark energy, remain unresolved.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Astronomical Society (CUAS) series.

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