The limits of cosmology

March 22, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Blue Room

General Public
Speaker: 
Joseph Silk
Institution: 
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
Location&Place: 

Blue Room

Abstract: 
One of our greatest challenges in cosmology is understanding the origin of the structure of the universe, and in particular the formation of the galaxies. I will describe how the fossil radiation from the beginning of the universe, the cosmic microwave background, has provided a window for probing the initial conditions from which structure evolved and seeded the formation of the galaxies, and the outstanding issues that remain to be resolved. I will address our optimal choice of future strategy in order to make further progress on understanding our cosmic origins.