Biard Lecture - Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective

April 4, 2012

5th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Lectureship in Cosmology and Astrophysics

Wednesday April 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Location: McPherson Lab - Room 1000 - 140 W 18th Ave, Columbus
Speaker: J. Richard Gott, III

The Sun is so large that a million Earths could fit inside it, yet there are stars much larger than the Sun, and the distances between stars and galaxies are truly awesome. The large sizes encountered in astronomy are part of its fascination, but depicting them is perhaps astronomy's greatest challenge.

J. Richard Gott is noted for his contributions to cosmology and general relativity. He has received the Robert J. Trumpler Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Astronomical League Award, and Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching

Sizing Up the Universe reveals an ingenious new way to envision the outsize proportions of space. Using scaled maps, object comparisons, and beautiful space photographs, it demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos -- from Buzz Aldrin's historic footprint to the visible universe and beyond.

Book signing to follow lecture