Before The Big Bang

Before the Big Bang

The 12th annual Halliday Lecture in Astronomy,
"Before the Big Bang," will be presented by Michael Turner of the University of Chicago.

With the Big Bang model, we can trace the history of the Universe back to within a fraction of a second of the Big Bang, and so the question arises, what happened just before the big bang? Only a few years ago this question was beyond the realm of science. Today we actually have scientific theories about the events that preceded the big bang and Professor Michael Turner will discuss three. While still only theories, these ideas illustrate the richness of the question and the state of our understanding about the Universe.

Michael S. Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is also Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago, which he helped to establish. Turner was elected to the Presidential-line of the American Physical Society in 2010 and will serve as its President in 2013.

Turner helped to pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology, and with Edward Kolb initiated the Fermilab astrophysics program which today accounts for about 10% of the lab’s activities. He led the National Academy study Quarks to the Cosmos that laid out the strategic vision for the field. Turner’s scholarly contributions include predicting cosmic acceleration and coining the term dark energy, showing how quantum fluctuations evolved into the seed perturbations for galaxies during cosmic inflation, and several key ideas that led to the cold dark matter theory of structure formation.

His honors include Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society (APS), the Klopsted Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Heineman Prize (with Kolb) of the AAS and American Institute of Physics and the 2011 Darwin Lecture of the Royal Astronomical Society.

by Prof. Michael Turner
Monday, April 16, 2012
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This lively and engaging lecture is designed for the general public. It is presented as a part of the Halliday Lecture Series, which promotes public awareness and appreciation for astronomy. This year’s lecture has been generously sponsored by Steve Mandel and Carol Foote. We seek your help and support in keeping these lectures going. For information on giving, please visit our support page.

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