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Dark Energy: Einstein's "Biggest Blunder"?
Dark Energy: Einstein's "Biggest Blunder"?

Mon, 10 Feb

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Queen's House

Dark Energy: Einstein's "Biggest Blunder"?

by Professor Ofer Lahav, Professor of Astronomy at University College London The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is an ambitious experiment designed to unravel the mysteries of the force shaping our universe... DETAILS ON HOW TO BOOK FOR THIS EVENT ARE EMAILED TO MEMBERS IN THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Time & Location

10 Feb 2025, 19:15 – 21:00

Queen's House, Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF, UK

About the Event

Synopsis: The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is an ambitious experiment designed to unravel the mysteries of the force shaping our universe. This talk will discuss what the 3D map spanning 300 million galaxies and extensive supernovae has so far revealed, including its confirmation of the prevailing model of cold dark matter and a remarkably accurate cosmological constant.  It will also explore the global nature of scientific progress, where teamwork and perseverance shape groundbreaking discoveries. The DES not only helps to reveal the mysteries of dark energy but also highlights the collective dedication and collaborative spirit that fuels scientific exploration.

Bio: Ofer Lahav holds the Perren Chair of Astronomy at University College London (UCL) and is Vice-Dean (International) of the UCL Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS). Additionally, he co-directs the STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science. Specialising in Observational Cosmology, Lahav focuses on probing Dark Matter and Dark Energy, utilising Machine Learning for Big Data applications. Ofer was the Head of Astrophysics at UCL from 2004 to 2011 and Vice-Dean (Research) of UCL's Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences from 2011 to 2015. He served as Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2010 to 2012 and played a pivotal role in founding the Dark Energy Survey (DES).

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