Misconceptions About the Big Bang

Presented by Assoc Prof Charles Lineweaver, Australian National University

The importance of the big bang model is only exceeded by how misunderstood it is. If space is expanding, what is it expanding into? What happened before the big bang? What caused the big bang? Are distant galaxies receding faster than the speed of light? I will describe the most common misconceptions about the big bang, and describe what we know and don’t know about the hot big bang origin of our universe.

Bio: An astrobiologist, Charles H. Lineweaver is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s Planetary Science Institute (PSI), a joint venture of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Research School of Earth Science. His research areas include cosmology (determination of the age and composition of the universe), exoplanetology (the statistical analysis of exoplanets), astrobiology (using our new knowledge of cosmology to constrain life in the Universe) and cancer (origin of multicellularity and the atavistic model). His research has been published in Science, Nature, the Astrophysical Journal, Astrobiology, BioEssays, Physical Biology, Physics of Life Reviews, Scientific American, American Journal of Physics, and Microbiology Australia.

Educated at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität in Munich where he was awarded highest honors in physics, Dr. Lineweaver earned a BA in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MA in English
from Brown University, a BS is physics from Ludwig Maximillian's University in Munich, and a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. A member of the editorial board of Astrobiology Magazine, he is the author of more than seventy papers published in scientific journals or in volumes of collected works.

He is the son of a high school biology teacher and has lived in or travelled through 81 countries, has spoken 4 languages semi-fluently at one time or another, and was a semi-professional soccer player in Germany

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Wednesday 04 Apr 2018

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Scott Theatre - University of Adelaide, North Tce



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