Co-sponsored by University of California, Berkeley, Science Departments in Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany High Schools, Chabot Space and Science Center, and The Exploratorium
Monday, March 5, 2007
Professor George F. Smoot
Physics Nobel Prize Winner 2006
Senior Scientist Berkeley Lab & UC Berkeley Physics Faculty
The Big Bang, COBE, and the Relic Radiation Traces of Creation
Berkeley Repertory Theater
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s George Smoot won the 2006 Physics Nobel Prize, together with John Mather of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, for “the discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation.” The anisotropy showed as small variations in the map of the early universe. According to an April 1992 interview in The Times of London, the English physicist Stephen Hawking said that the COBE results were “the greatest discovery of the century, if not of all times.”
This research looks back into the infant Universe and provides a better understanding of the origin of galaxies and stars. The cosmic background radiation is a tool to understand the structure and history of the Universe and the structure of space-time These observations have provided increased support for the Big Bang Theory of the Universe’s origin. The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) NASA satellite launched in 1989 carried instruments that measured various aspects of cosmic microwave background radiation, and produced the data for these compelling scientific results, which opened up a field that continues very actively into the present.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets or reservations are not required. For more information on the community lectures, please contact the Berkeley Lab Community Relations Office at 510-486-7292 or www.lbl.gov/Community.