Mini-Science 2015 Q&A: “Seeing the big bang”

Mini-Science logoAt the conclusion of each Mini-Science lecture, audience members submit their questions to the evening’s presenter. If there is not enough time to answer them all on the spot, some of the other unanswered questions are sent to the presenter for posting here. Here are questions from Professor Matt Dobbs’ lecture “Seeing the big bang” (February 25, 2015).

Q: How will knowing more about the start of the universe help us in practical terms in the present and future?

Hello, Goodbye


In 2001, Suzanne Vega wrote a song called I’ll never be your Maggie May, where the last verse starts, “And so a woman leaves a man, and so the world turns on its end”. She pitches the line ironically; on the surface, she means the opposite of what she says: the breakup of relationships, people leaving their jobs and moving on and so forth, these are everyday things, not the end of the world. Of course, at a deeper level, she means exactly what she says, as the world is made up of these everyday things.

And so, goodbye. I officially started as dean in June of 2005, but it was just before Christmas in 2004 that I was told I would be the next dean, and it was announced the following January of 2005. Now I have a few months to go, and then I will go on to other things. (more…)

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