Have you stared at the night sky and wondered how it all began? Did Interstellar leave you wanting to understand black holes better? Is your mind blown by the recent news about gravitational waves?
Then join us on a 13.8-billion-year journey through the cosmos with six leading experts. On the way, you’ll learn how Einstein’s work sparked a revolution in our understanding of the cosmos; what the news about gravitational waves really means; the nature of the universe’s missing 95%; the extraordinary lengths physicists go to unlock gravity’s secrets and how black holes could hold the key to a theory of everything.
Hosted by acclaimed author Michael Brooks, our one-day masterclass offers the chance to learn directly from the experts in the fascinating fields of cosmology and relativity.
- Andrew Pontzen - cosmologist and Royal Society university research fellow at University College London
- Stephen Fairhurst - gravitational waves expert at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University
- Jo Dunkley - professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford
- Marika Taylor - reader in gravitational physics, string theory and quantum field theory at the University of Southampton
- Eugene Lim - theoretical cosmologist at King's College London
- Clare Burrage - cosmologist and Royal Society university research fellow at the University of Nottingham
- Hosted by Michael Brooks, New Scientist consultant and author of bestseller 13 Things That Don't Make Sense
It's 100 years since Einstein first published his general theory of relativity and utterly transformed our understanding of the universe. Einstein overturned centuries of thinking about gravity by revealing how it arises from the curvature of space and time. Yet general relativity has had far greater consequences. It has revealed that our universe has been expanding from a hot dense state called the big bang 13.8 billion years ago. It has changed our understanding of space and time. And it predicts that the universe is an extreme place, containing black holes and possibly wormholes.
While we have made great progress, we still have plenty of unfinished business with the cosmos. What can we learn from gravitational waves? How does the dark universe shape our cosmic destiny? What is really happening near black holes? Are we any closer to discovering the ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein? Why is relativity not the final answer?
Join our speakers on a mind expanding trip through space and time.
You are curious about astronomy and cosmology and want a step-by-step guide without mathematics. Popular articles have whetted your appetite, yet you have struggled to understand physics textbooks. You want to learn about the frontiers of research from scientists at the coalface.
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