The Big Bang and Black Holes – Public Lecture

WATCH THE PLAYBACK ON FACEBOOK HERE (or on YouTube below)

On January 8th 2021 Professor Hawking’s birthday, we broadcast two online public outreach lectures about the science of our Universe by Professor Sir Roger Penrose, recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Professor Eiichiro Komatsu, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich.

The lectures were organized by the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, in conjunction with the Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, as part of the Cambridge-LMU Strategic Collaboration.

After both lectures, there was an opportunity for members of the public to ask the speakers about the really big questions live! We had some incredible questions from scientists of all ages, from all around the world. Thank you for your valuable contribution!

When the event concluded, a panel of young experts – postdoctoral fellows and PhD students – remained on the live stream to respond to points left from the lecture Q & A sessions.

These lectures are supported by the Stephen Hawking Foundation and Intel Corporation. 

WATCH THE PLAYBACK ON FACEBOOK HERE

Or on YouTube here:

WATCH THE PLAYBACK ON FACEBOOK HERE (or on YouTube below)

On January 8th 2021 Professor Hawking’s birthday, we broadcast two online public outreach lectures about the science of our Universe by Professor Sir Roger Penrose, recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Professor Eiichiro Komatsu, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich.

The lectures were organized by the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, in conjunction with the Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, as part of the Cambridge-LMU Strategic Collaboration.

After both lectures, there was an opportunity for members of the public to ask the speakers about the really big questions live! We had some incredible questions from scientists of all ages, from all around the world. Thank you for your valuable contribution!

When the event concluded, a panel of young experts – postdoctoral fellows and PhD students – remained on the live stream to respond to points left from the lecture Q & A sessions.

These lectures are supported by the Stephen Hawking Foundation and Intel Corporation. 

WATCH THE PLAYBACK ON FACEBOOK HERE

Or on YouTube here:

BLACK HOLES, COSMOLOGY, AND SPACETIME SINGULARITIES

PROFESSOR SIR ROGER PENROSE
(Oxford, Nobel Laureate 2020)

Roger Penrose will describe his Nobel prize-winning work showing that Einstein’s general theory of relativity leads to the formation of black holes, something that Einstein himself did not believe happened in the real world. He will then go on to discuss his work with Stephen Hawking on broader types of singularities, also encompassing the Big Bang at the beginning of the Universe. Among other ideas, he will present his conformal cosmology proposal in which the Big Bang becomes only an apparent singularity.

WHERE ARE WE FROM? CLUES FROM THE LIGHT OF THE FIREBALL UNIVERSE

PROFESSOR EIICHIRO KOMATSU
(Director, Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Munich)

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) gives a photographic image of the Universe when it was still an “infant”. Its detailed measurements have given us a wealth of information such as the composition and history of the Universe. We are now using it to test our ideas about the origin of the Universe. The CMB research told us a remarkable story: the structure we see in our Universe such as galaxies, stars, planets, and eventually ourselves originated from tiny quantum fluctuations in the early Universe. But is this picture true? In this lecture we review the physics of CMB and key results from recent experiments, while discussing future prospects for quest to find out about our origins.

The Speakers

Professor Sir Roger Penrose FRS OM

Sir Roger Penrose was one of Stephen Hawking’s earliest and most important collaborators, with whom he proved an all-encompassing theorem about how matter collapses to a singularity in both the Big Bang and Black Holes, that is, points in space where mass is seemingly compressed to infinite density and zero volume.

Professor Eiichiro Komatsu

Professor Komatsu played a leading role in the NASA WMAP satellite project that mapped the whole cosmic microwave sky for the first time, revealing a blueprint of the primordial seeds that Stephen Hawking had helped predict. Sir Roger and Eiichiro will take us on a journey through space and time, looking forward to new insights from future experiments.

The Speakers

Professor Sir Roger Penrose FRS OM

Sir Roger Penrose was one of Stephen Hawking’s earliest and most important collaborators, with whom he proved an all-encompassing theorem about how matter collapses to a singularity in both the Big Bang and Black Holes, that is, points in space where mass is seemingly compressed to infinite density and zero volume.

Professor Eiichiro Komatsu

Professor Komatsu played a leading role in the NASA WMAP satellite project that mapped the whole cosmic microwave sky for the first time, revealing a blueprint of the primordial seeds that Stephen Hawking had helped predict. Sir Roger and Eiichiro will take us on a journey through space and time, looking forward to new insights from future experiments.