Death of a Universe

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The Big Bang theory tells the story of the beginning of the universe, our cosmic home for the last 13.8 billion years. But what is the story of its end?

Katie Mack will share what modern astrophysics says about the ultimate fate of the cosmos, and what each possibility would entail if there were people there to see it.

About the Speaker

Katherine (Katie) Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist who studies a range of questions in cosmology, the study of the universe from beginning to end. She is an assistant professor of physics at North Carolina State University, where she is also a member of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster.

Throughout her career, Mack has studied dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. 

Alongside academic research, Mack is an active science communicator, with publications in Scientific American, Slate, Sky & Telescope, Time.com, and Cosmos Magazine, where she is a columnist. You can find her on Twitter as @AstroKatie.


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  • Created:02/13/2019
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