“From Big Bang to Big Business - A short history of how we got here”

Public lecture by Prof. Dr. Bernard Schutz, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) on Monday, February 13 at 7:30 pm, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin

January 31, 2006
Over the past 20 years, scientists have succeeded in gaining an ever better understanding of the development of our Universe. From the first moments of the Big Bang, through the formation of the elements, to the development of life on Earth, much is known in detail, but some of it is only known in its basic features. In his lecture, Bernard Schutz will give a detailed overview of the state of research, outlining open questions and current research approaches. The nature of so-called “dark matter”, for example, is still a mystery today - although it makes up about 96 % of our universe.

Bernard Schutz is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) in Potsdam and Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Wales in Cardiff. At the AEI, he heads the Department of Astrophysical Relativity, in which scientists work on computer simulations of general relativity, studies of black holes, and the detection of gravitational waves, among other things. Schutz also heads the data analysis team of the German-British gravitational wave detector GEO600 and is a leading member of the NASA/ESA space project LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna). Due to his outstanding scientific pioneering achievements, Bernard Schutz has received several awards and, among other things, has been appointed a member of the American Physical Society.

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