"Taking the Universe's Baby Picture"
Thursday, November 12, 2003
Main Building Auditorium
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
By observing tiny fluctuations in the microwave background, the leftover heat from the big bang, cosmologists can address many of the most important questions in cosmology: How old is the universe? What is the shape and size of the visible universe? Is most of the universe composed of atoms? When did the first stars form? What happened during the first moments of the big bang? David Spergel will describe recent observations by NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe and show how these observations help answer these questions.
High School Open House Program:
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Main Building Auditorium
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Department of Physics Open House
Brief presentations on Biophysics, Astrophysics, Computational Physics, Condensed Matter, Nonlinear Dynamics, Particle Physics, etc. An excellent opportunity for high school students to visit our laboratories and meet in person with our internationally recognized researchers.
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Reception
About the Kaczmarczik Lecture
Paul Kaczmarczik began his career as a Professor of Physics at Drexel University in 1953. A key player in building the Physics and Atmospheric Science Department, he made important contributions to teaching at Drexel University during his many years of service. Well-liked by both his colleagues and his students, Professor Kaczmarczik became Professor Emeritus in 1989. The Kaczmarczik Lecture Series was established in 1995 in honor of Professor Kaczmarczik. It brings to Drexel outstanding scientists to present lectures on topics at the cutting edge of Physics research.