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7 June 2005 PR 05/50

The secrets of the stars

A public lecture focusing on the spectacular advancements in cosmology is taking place at Loughborough University on Monday, June 13.

Entitled ‘Aspects of contemporary cosmology’, the lecture is being led by Professor David Matravers of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth.

Speaking about the lecture, professor Matravers said: “Recent progress in cosmology has been incredible – changing it from a speculative science to one based on measurement and observation. The ideas and new results have become regular topics for TV programmes.

“Remarkably it was Einstein who first proposed the basis for the current model in 1915, and observations confirm his broad ideas but not in a way he could have even dreamed about. In this talk I will briefly describe what cosmologists study, what tools they use and what astounding facts recent observations have revealed. I will end with some comments on the race to be the first to solve the riddle of dark energy.”

The event is open to staff and students at the University, members of the public and school groups aged 15 and over. It is being held in the Sir David Davies Building, room W.00.1 from 2.30pm until 3.30pm. Places do not need to be booked in advance, but large groups should contact Jackie Baseley, by calling 01509 228336, to ensure they can be seated together.

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