Larry Gladney - "From Nothing to Everything: The Origin and Evolution of the Universe"
For the last half century, the dominant theory among physicists and astronomers of how our universe began has centered on the notion that its fundamental characteristics are set at the microscopic scale while its features on the largest scales are determined by just one of the four fundamental forces in nature. This talk will be a brief tour through time and space from the smallest things we have imagined to the very largest structures known. I will include a personal perspective on why the perceived pattern of connections from small to large is compelling despite the fact that many deep questions remain to be explored under this scientific model.
The luncheon will begin at 12pm on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in the Hourglass Room of the University Club. Cost and University Club details.