The Anna I. McPherson Lecture 2013 will be given by 2011 physics Nobel laureate Brian P. Schmidt.
The lecture entitled "The Accelerating Universe" will be held in the Leacock Auditorium (room 132 of the Leacock building) at 6pm on January 31st, 2013. This public lecture is for a general audience and admission is free of charge.
Brian P. Schmidt is a Distinguished Professor and astrophysicist at The Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is the co-recipient of the 2011 Physics Nobel prize for his work showing evidence for the accelerating expansion of the universe.
Abstract: The Accelerating Universe
In 1998, two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of the High-‐Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe's history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.