7 October 2021 – Club Meeting Presentation
— Thursday night, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. —
This free speaker presentation will be offered virtually using the online Webex video-conferencing platform. Follow this link for instructions on how to join this virtual meeting presentation.
An Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC-Asheville
What is the Universe?
– presented by
Bob Berman, Astronomy writer, editor, and popularizer
Quantum revelations and astounding discoveries since 1998 have led us to completely new understandings of the cosmos that have curiously not yet reached general awareness. This lecture explores the strange nature of “empty space,” the non-reality of time, the curious inter-relationship between the observer and nature, and what it really means if the universe is infinite, as a major 2013 study implied when it uncovered a perfectly flat topology to the cosmos. We’ll see how this demotes the Big Bang to a local event in the “hood” and shows the universe to be fundamentally sizeless. This large-scale overview of Everything will include a discussion of multiverses, String Theory, and alternative valid ways of visualizing the cosmos.