How Things in the Universe Came About & How They Ended Up Within Us

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Tuesday February 28, 2017
      6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Room 152 Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, 266 4th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
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Summaries

Summary Sentence: An illustrated non-technical lecture open to the public

Full Summary: Tom Abel of Stanford University will take you on a journey through the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died and how stars built up the first galaxies.

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An illustrated, non-technical public lecture by Tom Abel, professor of physics at Stanford University and director of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

Tom Abel will take the audience on a journey through the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died and how stars built up the first galaxies.

His work has shown that the first luminous objects in the universe were massive stars, shining one million times as brightly as our Sun. They died quickly and seeded the cosmos with the chemical elements necessary for life. Galaxies started to assemble just one hundred million years after the Big Bang, and they are still growing now. Computer simulations of these events provide remarkable insights into the early history of the cosmos.

Abel is computational cosmologist who explores cosmic history using supercomputer calculations. His long-term goal is "to build a galaxy, one star at a time," via computer modeling. Among his research interests are the processes and events of "the dark ages," the first few hundred million years after the Big Bang.

Abel's visualizations and simulations of dark-age events have been featured on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and on the cover of National Geographic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
Yes
Groups

College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Mathematics, School of Physics, School of Psychology

Invited Audience
Faculty/Staff, Public, Undergraduate students, Graduate students
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
Keywords
Tom Abel, Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, Big Bang
Status
  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Feb 23, 2017 - 5:29pm
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:12pm