The Multiverse: One Universe or Many? Horizon-lecture by Prof. Baumann
In cooperation with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Horizon
In this Horizon-lecture Daniel Baumann, Professor of Theoretical Cosmology, will speak about the Multiverse: Is there just one universe, or do we have to revise our understanding and think of multiple universes? Musicians of the KCO provide a musical introduction.
Our Universe started with a Big Bang. Or was it multiple Big Bangs leading to the emergence of multiple universes?
While the existence of the Multiverse is still speculative, it is an interesting consequence of pushing known facts about the observable universe to their logical extreme. In this lecture, Prof. Daniel Baumann will describe how research in modern cosmology has revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos and led to the concept of a Multiverse. He will also discuss some of the troubling philosophical implications of the Multiverse idea.
About the speakers
Prof. Daniel Baumann obtained his doctorate from Princeton University in 2008, after which he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Since 2011, he has been a faculty member at Cambridge University, before being appointed Professor of Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Amsterdam in 2015. Prof. Baumann works on a wide range of topics in theoretical cosmology. One of the main goals of his research is to uncover the fundamental origin of the structure of the universe. He is an expert on the theory of cosmological inflation, which proposes that cosmological structures were produced by quantum fluctuations in a period of rapid expansion. In addition to his research work, Baumann is also a passionate lecturer.
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