School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Before the Big Bang... A Radical New Perspective

Sir Roger Penrose to speak on January 17, 2006, 7:30pm CN 1.112

There is little doubt that our universe originated from an immensely hot, immensely dense state--the Big Bang--some fourteen billion years ago, giving rise to the violent expansion of the universe.

Sir Roger Penrose

The extraordinary scope of Sir Roger's work ranges from quantum physics and theories of human consciousness to relativity theory and observations on the structure of the universe.

The question of how and why the Big Bang happened is like the "Holy Grail" of cosmological research.

Sir Roger Penrose has long been interested in the structure of the Big Bang near the beginning, especially in the question of how it could have given rise to the law of entropy increase and the regularity of the universe.

Only within the last few weeks have these thoughts led him to an entirely new attempt to understand "the other side of the beginning."

This lecture is sponsored by the Office of the VP for Research & Economic Development, The School of Natural Sciences & Math, the Department of Physics, and SIGMA XI.

A reception will be held at 7 pm, and a book signing will follow the presentation.

Sir Roger Penrose is one of the most exciting mathematicians of our age. Knighted in 1994 for his contribution to science, the extraordinary scope of Sir Roger's work ranges from quantum physics and theories of human consciousness to relativity theory and observations on the structure of the universe.

  • Updated: December 19, 2007