Public talk: Sir Martin Rees (Astronomer Royal): “New horizons in cosmology and gravity”

5 April 2005, 6 p.m. in the Audimax of the University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais, 14469 Potsdam, entrance free

March 10, 2005

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of special relativity and the 10th anniversary of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute, AEI), the AEI invites you to a public lecture by Sir Martin Rees. We would be pleased if you announced the lecture! We will gladly provide you with suitable illustrations and a portrait of Sir Martin Rees.

Why is the universe the way it is? Why do the laws of nature make life possible? Why is there anything at all and not nothing? Questions that run like a thread through the work of Sir Martin Rees. Rees is Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge and one of Britain's most famous scientists. In 1995, the Queen of England ennobled him as Astronomer Royal - a title that only 15 Britons have been allowed to hold since 1675.

In his scientific work, Rees concentrates, among other things, on the formation of stars and galaxies in the early stages of development of our universe. In addition, he is involved in numerous institutions on educational issues, space research, arms control and international cooperation among scientists. A particular concern of his is the dialogue between different fields of research as well as the responsible handling of scientific findings.

The lecture by Sir Martin Rees will take place within the framework of the international conference Geometry and Physics after 100 Years of Einstein's Relativity from April 05 - 08, 2005 at the AEI.

Book recommendation

Martin Rees: The Riddle of our Universe. Did God have a choice?; C.H. Beck, Munich 2003

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