Research on how the universe began, what it is made of and what what kind of objects it contains is going through something of a golden age. Space missions, large telescopes and ground-based experiments are bringing today’s researchers tantalizingly close to some of the answers science has sought through past millennia.
But new questions continue to arise: How many planets similar to Earth are orbiting other stars, and how can we set out to find them? Why, at some point some 13 billion years ago, did a tiny, hot universe begin expanding in a Big Bang? These are some of the topics covered in the 2012-2013 astrophysics and cosmology lecture series organized by the BBVA Foundation.
The Conferences are provided in English language with Spanish subtitles and the booklet is edited in English and Spanish.
- Didier Queloz, Observatory of Geneva: Exoplanets, the Quest for New Worlds in the Cosmos
- Andrei Linde, Stanford University: Universe or Multiverse?
- Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin-Madison: IceCube, a Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole
- Victoria Kaspi, McGill University, Montreal: Neutron Stars, a Cosmic Gift
- Rashid Sunyaev, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching; Space Research Institute, Moscow; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton: Clusters of Galaxies, Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation and Cosmology
- Brian Schmidt, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Canberra: The Accelerating Universe
Director of the series:
- Ana Achúcarro, Leiden University, University of the Basque Country.