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Colloquium by Cosmologist Pedro Ferreira: 100 Years of General Relativity

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, there is a special colloquium this Monday November 16th at 17:30: "100 Years of General Relativity - From Einstein in 1915 to Relativistic Cosmology in the 21st Centrury", by Prof. Pedro Ferreira (Oxford University).
Pedro Ferreira is author of the popular scientific book The Perfect Theory. Before the colloquium there is a borrel, which starts already at 16:30.


Monday November 16th
16:30 Borrel
17:30 Colloquium
De Sitterzaal, Oort building

This is your last chance to register, as there are only a few places left! You can register through the event page or through this direct link.


Physical Cosmology is the success story of modern physics. Observations of the large scale structure of the universe have allowed us to characterize the cosmological model with unprecedented precision. What is less appreciated is that we have learnt a great deal about the building blocks of Relativistic Cosmology: about space-time, it origins and the role of general relativity in the evolution of the universe. In this talk I will show how, over the last two decades, we have made tremendous progress in characterizing the overall metric of space-time- its homogeneity and isotropy- as well as its properties at very early times. I will show how exploring general relativity can play a crucial role in solving one of the big cosmological puzzles (the dark energy problem) and how cosmology can be used to find new, precision constraints on general relativity. I will discuss a vision of the future in which we attempt to completely map out the large scale characteristics of space-time using innovative techniques and future surveys.

Publ. 13-11-2015 11:42
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