2014 RUG lustrum Lecture

We are proud to present Lord Martin Rees as the speaker of the Hendrik de Waard RUG Lustrum Lecture 2014!

From Mars to the Multiverse Hendrik de Waard RUG lustrum Lezing 2014: Lord Martin Rees
June 4th 2014 at 20.00 in the Aletta Jacobshal, Zernike, Groningen
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Impression of the lecture Hendrik de Waard RUG lustrum Lezing 2014: Lord Martin Rees

From Mars to the Multiverse

What does recent knowledge of the big bang learn us about the future of our universe? Is there just one universe, or is ours one of many? Astronomers have made astonishing progress in probing our cosmic environment. We can trace cosmic history from some mysterious 'beginning' nearly 14 billion years ago, and understand the emergence of atoms, galaxies, stars and planets. At the same time, unmanned spacecraft have visited the other planets of our Solar System, discovering varied and distinctive worlds. Looking further afield, we are understanding galaxies in fuller detail, and can trace their evolution back in time to an epoch only a nanosecond after the 'big bang'. This has been a great achievement on its own. The most fundamental properties of our universe were however established far earlier still (during the first moments after the Big Bang). The physical laws at this time are still unknown, but are now being pinned down by new telescopes. Most recently from ESA's Planck Spacecraft and the 'BIcep2' experiment at the South Pole, which try to observe the universe just after the big bang. These advances pose new questions: What does the long-range future hold? Should we be surprised that the physical laws permitted the emergence of structure and complexity? Is physical reality even more extensive than the domain that our telescopes can probe? And, Is there just one universe, or is ours one of many?

About the speaker: Lord Martin Rees

Martin John Rees is Professor of Cosmology and Astronomy at Cambridge University. Rees studied mathematics and received his PhD degree in Cambridge in 1967. After several research fellowships at Cambridge, CalTech, Harvard and Sussex he became Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge University in the UK in 1973. From 1992 to 2003, Martin Rees was Royal Society professor at Cambridge. He has made outstanding contributions to our understanding of the early universe and the formation of galaxies. Alongside he has written many popular science books, including `What We Still Don't Know' and `From there to infinity'. From 2004-2012 Rees was president of the Royal Society. Among his many honors he is Astronomer Royal and was created Baron Rees of Ludlow, of Ludlow in the County of Shropshire.

Hendrik de Waard Foundation

This lecture is organised by the Hendrik de Waard Foundation in cooperation with Studium Generale Groningen as part of the lustrum project '400 Days for 400 Questions' of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. The Hendrik de Waard Foundation was founded after the retirement of the late professor of physics Hendrik de Waard in 1987. Annually, the foundation organises a lecture to inform and intrigue the general public about recent developments in science. For more information, go to www.hdw.fmf.nl or email to hdw@fmf.nl.

Details on the lecture

Start: Wednesday, June 4th, 20:00h
Location: Aletta Jacobshal, Blauwborgje 4, Zernike Campus, Groningen
Tickets: € 3,-/€ 0,- with studentcard or SG-card
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