Life on Earth ... are we just a quirk in the laws of physics
Thursday, 16 August 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (AEST)
About the talk:
The dramatic technological advances of the last few years have had an enormous impact on our understanding of the universe on the largest observable scales. Existing astronomical observatories allow us to see more detail and further into the universe than ever before. Powerful computers enable us to process, and interpret huge amounts of highly technical data. In this lecture Dr Webb will give an introduction to current concepts in cosmology, and show how a new astronomical study gives the first hints that perhaps the universe extends/exists far beyond the practical limits of observation. Intriguingly, the same data might also provide a simple solution to a long-standing problem: why is it that the laws of Nature seem to be so finely tuned for the development of life on Earth.
About the speaker:
Dr John Webb, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of New South Wales, originates from London, but moved to Australia in 1991. His research interest is Cosmology, in particular for the last few years, has been whether the laws of Nature vary in space or time.
Date: 16 August
Time: 6.30pm wine and cheese, 7pm lecture