The Frontiers of Science & Technology — The Universe’s Baby Picture: An Evening with Professor David Spergel
Cosmology is in a golden age with advances in technology enabling us to probe the physics of the very early universe.
Princeton's David Spergel explains that observations of the microwave background are snapshots of the Universe only three hundred thousand years after the Big Bang. These observations have answered many of the questions that have driven cosmology for the past few decades - but many remain unanswered. Find out what we know and what we hope to learn.
About David Spergel
David Spergel is the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and was until 2016, the Chair of the astrophysical sciences department at Princeton University. He is best known for his work on the WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) mission, which measured detailed structure in the residual energy from the Big Bang, which in turn have provided us with critical insights into the birth and the large-scale geometry of cosmic spacetime, as well as about the minuscule ripples in this spacetime that seeded the observed structure (e.g. galaxies) in the universe. He has been recognized by numerous fellowships and awards including the MacArthur Fellowship (2001) -- popularly known as the Genius Grant, the Shaw Prize (2010), the Gruber Prize (2012, as a member of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotrophy Probe team), and the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (2015). He has also been named Nature's Ten People Who Mattered in 2014; and Time: "25 Most Influential People in Space" (2013); and Time: "One of America's Top Scientists" (2001) He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he currently serves as chair of the National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board. And most recently, was named the Founding Director of the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute.
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