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To Infinity and Beyond: The Accelerating Universe

Thursday, May 28, 2015
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dark energy is cosmology’s biggest mystery—an anti-gravitational force that confounds the conventional laws of physics. It makes up more than two-thirds of the cosmos, but science is still grappling to explain what dark energy actually is. In this program, top physicists search for clues to this mystery in both the earliest moments of the universe and far into the future of the cosmos.

The Big Ideas series is supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

Our media partner for this program is Mental Floss.

Photograph: Jon Smith

Moderator

Lawrence KraussPhysicist, Author

Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and best-selling author. His research focuses on the intersection of cosmology and elementary particle physics. Krauss’s work addresses questions about the origin of matter in the universe.

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Participants

Josh FriemanCosmologist

Josh Frieman is a senior staff scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics. He’s also a member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago.

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Priyamvada NatarajanAstrophysicist, Author

Priyamvada Natarajan is a professor at the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Yale. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing, and black hole physics.

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Adam RiessAstrophysicist

Adam Riess is the Thomas J. Barber Professor in Space Studies at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, a distinguished astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT and his Ph.D.

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Jan TauberCosmologist

Jan Tauber has been involved in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) since 1993 when the European Space Agency received two proposals for space experiments to map the CMB. These experiments eventually became the Planck satellite, Europe’s flagship experiment in the field.

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Neil TurokPhysicist

Neil Turok is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. Formerly Professor of Physics at Princeton and Chair of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge, he is Director and Niels Bohr Chair at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada.

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