Dan HooperAt the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds

Join Professor Dan Hooper as he lifts the veil on the mystery of the universe’s earliest moments – and reveals how he and other physicists are poised to answer the biggest cosmic questions.

Scientists in the past few decades have made crucial discoveries about how our cosmos evolved over the past 13.8 billion years. But there remains a critical gap in our knowledge: we still know very little about what happened in the first seconds after the Big Bang.

In this lunchtime talk, astrophysicist Dan Hooper joins us from the Fermi National Accelerator Lab to explore this mysterious period of time and reveal what we have recently learned about the beginning of cosmic history. He’ll show us how the Large Hadron Collider and other experiments re-create the conditions of the Big Bang and test promising theories for why our universe came to contain so much matter and so little antimatter. We may be poised to finally discover how dark matter was formed during our universe’s first moments, and, with new telescopes, we are also lifting the veil on the era of cosmic inflation, which led to the creation of our world as we know it.

Don’t miss this accessible investigation into the origins of our universe from one of the most accomplished astrophysicists on the planet.

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About the Author

Dan Hooper is a senior scientist and the head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Dark Cosmos and Nature’s Blueprint (both Smithsonian/Harper Collins). He lives in Oak Park, Illinois. Twitter @DanHooperAstro