2009 Buhl Lecture
Edward W. "Rocky" Kolb
"Mysteries of the Dark Universe"
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
4:30 p.m. Mellon Institute Auditorium
Carnegie Mellon, 4400 Fifth Avenue
Reception Following Lecture, Mellon Institute Lobby
Free and Open to the Public
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Ninety-five percent of the universe is missing:
Most of the universe is in a mysterious form called dark matter and most of the energy in the universe is in an even more mysterious form called dark energy. In the next decade, the combination of new astronomical facilities, powerful particle accelerators and sensitive laboratory experiments promises to unlock the secrets of dark matter and dark energy, connecting the inner-space of the quantum with the outer space of the cosmos.
About Edward Kolb
Edward W. Kolb (known to most as "Rocky") is the Arthur Holly Compton distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics. In addition to more than 200 scientific papers, he is a co-author of The Early Universe, the standard textbook on particle physics and cosmology. He is the chair of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. In 1983, he was the founding head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and in 2004, the founding Director of its Particle Astrophysics Center. Kolb is the recipient of many honors including the 2003 Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the 1993 Quantrell Prize for teaching excellence at the University of Chicago.
The Buhl Lecture is sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon Department of Physics. For more information, please contact 412-268-6681. This lecture is funded under the auspices of the Buhl Professorship in Theoretical Physics, which was established at Carnegie Mellon in 1961 by the Buhl Foundation in support of an outstanding theoretical scientist who would both impact theoretical research and help establish directions for experimental investigations.