Saturday, July 21, 2012

From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and the End of the Universe

Here's a dynamite 80 minute seminar on cosmology by Nobel laureate John Mather, lead scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope project (which launches in 2018 and will be great, sort of like Hubble on steroids).

The lecture is for laymen; it's not at all technical, but some basic knowledge of cosmology might be helpful.

To start, fast forward the audio to 3:25 in order to bypass the super-dull introduction. And don't worry; the audio distortion settles down after a few minutes (sending a telescope into deep orbit is easy, setting a mic level's difficult).

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