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The Big Bang and Black Holes: Exploring the Extremes of the Universe
February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Last updated 02/11/2022
As increasingly sophisticated technology, including the new James Webb Space Telescope, will allow us to observe some of the oldest and most distant objects in the universe, other experiments are being developed to observe the birth of the universe itself. Join two of USC Dornsife’s top experts as they discuss the most spectacular gravitational extremes known in the universe: the Big Bang and black holes.
Amber D. Miller, USC Dornsife Dean – Miller is a cosmologist who is working with a team to build and deploy a new telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile to study the universe when it was much less than a second old. Her PhD dissertation was the first to provide evidence that the geometry of the universe was flat.
Nicholas Warner, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Mathematics – Warner is using string theory to attempt to resolve the paradoxical behavior of black holes that requires us to re-think our understanding of gravity and perhaps the structure of space-time.
The discussion will be moderated by another of USC Dornsife’s leading scientists: Moh El-Naggar, Dean’s Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Professor of Physics and Chemistry – El-Naggar explores how microbes exchange electrical charges with the goal of developing new, sustainable energy sources.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. PST