Anna I. McPherson Lectures 2013 - Brian P. Schmidt: "The Accelerating Universe"


Leacock Building Leacock Auditorium (room 132), 855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T7, CA

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.

AbstractThe  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.