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Prof Malcolm Longair talks in CPT

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« on: February 19, 2009, 12:21:56 PM »

During February 2009 eminent astronomer and cosmologist, Professor Malcolm Longair
from Cambridge University, is visiting Cape Town, South Africa, to a participate in a
series of meetings about the Square Kilometre Array project.
While in Cape Town, Professor Longair will present the following two public talks:
    Black Holes Made Simple
    Monday 23 February, 18:30 for 19:00
    MTN ScienCentre, Canal Walk Mall, Cape Town
    Black holes are part of the furniture of modern astronomy. They represent the
    ultimate state of collapse of matter and are the source of many of the most energetic
    phenomena in the Universe. In this lecture, it will be shown how they arise quite
    naturally in the course of the evolution of stars and galaxies. The most recent data
    will be presented on black holes in our Galaxy and in active galaxies. These give rise
    to some extraordinary phenomena, such as jets of relativistic matter which are
    expelled into intergalactic space. The role of black hole in the evolution of galaxies
    will be described. The talk will be delivered at a non-technical level and will be
    profusely illustrated with images from many different types of telescope, including the
    Hubble Space Telescope, the radio Very Large Array, the Chandra and XMM-
    Newton Telescopes. In addition, there will be interactive demonstrations and
    illustrative movies."
    Hot News from the Big Bang: Why Inflation is a Good Thing
    Tuesday 24 February 2009, 13:00 – 14:00
    New Science Lecture Theatre (NSLT), Zoology Building, UCT Upper Campus
         For the first time in the history of cosmology, there is general agreement
         concerning the values of cosmological parameters. This turns out to be a rather
         strange set of values and they raise a number of questions for fundamental
         physics. In this lecture, the most recent evidence on the values of the
         cosmological parameters will be summarised and potential solutions to
         fundamental problems discussed. It will be argued that the inflationary model of
         the early Universe is surprisingly successful in accounting for many of the large
         scale features of the Universe. It will be demonstrated how many of the most
         important results can be derived from simple physical arguments. The lecture will
         be delivered at a non-technical level and will include many spectacular images,
         animations and simulations."
Information about Professor Longair’s research interests, as well as images, can be
accessed at:
(Click on his photo for a high-res download)
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2009, 19:17:29 PM »

Bah Sad , Cape Town!

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009, 11:43:44 AM »

Plus, the weather is great ATM Tongue
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