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We are so delighted to welcome Professor of Physics at Princeton University, Lyman Page, for a reading and conversation about his book The Little Book of Cosmology. Lyman will be in conversation with Tobias Marriage. This event will take place in-person, on our back patio.
The Little Book of Cosmology provides a breathtaking look at our universe on the grandest scales imaginable. Written by one of the world's leading experimental cosmologists, this short but deeply insightful book describes what scientists are revealing through precise measurements of the faint thermal afterglow of the big bang--known as the cosmic microwave background, or CMB--and how their findings are transforming our view of the cosmos. Blending the latest findings in cosmology with essential concepts from physics, Lyman Page first helps readers to grasp the sheer enormity of the universe, explaining how to understand the history of its formation and evolution in space and time. Then he sheds light on how spatial variations in the CMB formed, how they reveal the age, size, and geometry of the universe, and how they offer a blueprint for the formation of cosmic structure. Not only does Page explain current observations and measurements, he describes how they can be woven together into a unified picture to form the Standard Model of Cosmology. Yet much remains unknown, and this incisive book also describes the search for ever deeper knowledge at the field's frontiers--from quests to understand the nature of neutrinos and dark energy to investigations into the physics of the very early universe.
Lyman Page is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics at Princeton University. He received his BA from Bowdoin College in 1978 and, following a five-year break, his PhD from MIT in 1989. In the years between college and graduate school he was a research technician in Antarctica, spending all of 1979 there. Upon returning he rebuilt and sailed a 37’ wooden ketch on the Eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean. His research focus is on cosmology. He was a founding member of the WMAP satellite project and the founding Director of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) project. He currently works on the Simons Observatory as well as ACT. He has received a number of awards for his research and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Tobias Marriage is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astonomy. His research interests lie in cosmology and astrophysics with an emphasis on the cosmic microwave background (CMB). His research activities include millimeter-wave instrumentation, fieldwork, and analysis. Marriage played a major part in building the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT), a mm-wave telescope 5,000 meters above sea level in Chile that studies fine angular-scale structure in the CMB. He and his group continue to work with ACT data and other datasets to study galaxies and galaxy clusters. Marriage is now a Co-PI of the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) project. CLASS is an array of telescopes designed to measure the CMB polarization on the largest angular scales over a broad range of frequencies. The primary goal of CLASS is to detect and characterize the expected gravitational waves from inflation via the induced B-mode polarization pattern in the CMB. CLASS also measures when the first stars formed (by constraining the optical depth to reionization) and searches for large angular scale polarization anomalies that could provide new insights beyond the current cosmological paradigm.
TIME & DATE
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6:00pm