Sir Roger Penrose Lecture

Monday, April 07, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Education Building 117 - Presentation Theater
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Events and Lectures
Van Delden, Claudine
Provost's Office

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Recent Results from WMAP Satellite and Planck Space Platform

Is our world just one of an infinite succession of universes? How can we tell?

A new theory proposes that what we presently regard as the entire history of our universe is merely one phase (an “aeon”) of an infinite succession of similar aeons. The ultimate expansion of each aeon, appears—infinitely scaled down—as the big bang of the next one. Collisions between supermassive black holes in the aeon prior to ours, would leave an observable imprint on our cosmic microwave background, apparently detectable by space satellites.

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Sir Roger Penrose is internationally renowned for his pioneering and influential work in mathematical physics, in particular for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe.

Penrose's books have been New York Times best sellers, including The Emperor's New Mind (1989) and The Road to Reality (2004), both of which have been translated into numerous languages. Most recently, his Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe (2012) details the radical new theory of the universe that he will describe in his USF lecture.

Currently, he serves as the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, as an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, and, most recently, as a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow (2013-2015).


Location: USF Presentation Theater — 2350 Turk Blvd. (between Masonic Ave. and Tamalapais Terrace) in San Francisco. See campus map for location and directions.

Contact: Claudine Van Delden,

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