Lecture: 17 Oct “How the First Things in the Universe Came About…” by Tom Abel, KIPAC

17 October 2017, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Officers’ Club

“How the First Things in the Universe Came About, and How They Ended Up Within Us”


Tom Abel, Kavli Institute, Director of KIPAC, Stanford

Join us for a fascinating journey through the early universe using the latest computer animations of early star formation, supernova explosions and the build-up of the first galaxies. Dr. Abel’s work has shown that the first luminous objects in the universe were very massive stars shining one million times as brightly as our Sun. They died quickly and seeded the cosmos with the chemical elements necessary for life.

One star at a time, galaxies started to assemble just one hundred million years after the Big Bang, and they are still growing now. Computer simulations of these events use the physics of dark matter, of ordinary atoms and molecules, and of expanding space to deliver remarkable insights into the early history of the cosmos.

Brief Bio

Tom Abel is a computational cosmologist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology and a Professor both at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Physics Department at Stanford University. In 2013, he became the Director of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC).

Dr. Abel was on the faculty at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania from 2002 until 2004 and previously was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, UK.

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