First Café Scientifique on December 18th


On December 18th, we will host Dr. Alexander Wiegand, a cosmologist from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, for a presentation and subsequent discussion titled

How to tame our bumpy universe

Luckily our universe is not so uniform and boring as the simplest cosmological models based on Einstein’s theory of gravity would suggest. There is you and me and all this other stuff around that formed during its evolution. In fact, as far as we can see today we find some kind of structure. But how did we learn about that and what does it tell us about the history and the fate of the Universe? These are the questions that I will address in this talk by giving a short insight into the status of observations of our cosmic neighbourhood and by discussing the conclusions that cosmologists have deduced for the whole universe and the mysterious dark content that appears to dominate it.

The event will take place in the vaulted cellar of Weihenstephaner on Hackescher Markt at 8pm, and will kick off our Café Scientifique series. From cafescientifique.org:

“Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.”

Join us — it’s free! Just make sure to get a reservation.

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