13.03.2013 (Wednesday)

Tom Kibble and the Early Universe as the Ultimate Experiment

Exceptional Seminar Neil Turok (Perimeter)

11:00 IC
room Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Lab

Tom Kibble was a pioneer of the symmetry breaking paradigm in fundamental physics. His view of physics is exceptionally broad, and Tom also led efforts to see how to test ideas of grand unification through exploring their consequences for the very early universe. Over time, this led to new paradigms for cosmology, like cosmic inflation, with a plethora of observational tests. In this talk, I shall review some of Tom's cosmological innovations and also look forward to new and even more fundamental paradigms capable of tackling the big bang singularity. [Symmetry and Fundamental Physics - Tom Kibble at 80]