How Things in the Universe Came About

Wednesday, April 6, Tom Abel, Ph.D., will discuss How Things in the Universe Came About & How They Ended Up Within Us, an illustrated, non-technical free lecture in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Dr. Abel will cover the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died, and how stars built up the first galaxies.

Galaxies started to assemble just one hundred million years after the Big Bang, and they are still growing now. Computer simulations of these events provide insights into the early history of the cosmos.

From Dr. Abel ’s Stanford bio:

Career History

• M.A. 1998, Univ. of Regensburg
• Ph.D. 2000, Ludwig Maxemillian University Munich
• Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics and Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, MA 1999-2001
• Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK 2001
• Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University 2002-2004
• Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University 2004
• Associate Professor, Stanford University Physics Department, SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) National Accelerator Laboratory, and KIPAC (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology), 9/2004-present.
• Director, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, 6/2015-present (Acting Director 8/2013-6/2015)
• Division Director, Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology Division, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2/2015-present

The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Smithwick Theater at Foothill College

12345 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos, 94022

April 6, 2016
7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free
Parking $3.00

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