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Come join us for an exciting night of talks where cosmologists Dr Malik and Jessie Durk will take us back to the beginning of time to uncover how the early universe looked like and how it has been changing since. During the event, there will be Pint of Science goodies to be won!
What Is Cosmic Inflation?
Dr Karim Malik (Reader in Theoretical Cosmology)
In cosmology, inflation is a good thing. I will explain what cosmologists mean by inflation and what role it plays in the current cosmological standard model. In particular I will highlight how the latest observational data and experiments shaped our understanding of the early universe and cosmic inflation.
Does Matter in the Universe Actually Matter?
Jessie Durk (PhD student in theoretical cosmology)
One of the underlying assumptions in the current standard model of cosmology is that the universe is the same at all points and in all directions. The problem is that this might not hold as we begin to look at the universe in more detail than we’ve ever done so before, dubbed the era of precision cosmology. In this talk I will explain how we can relax this assumption to create ‘inhomogeneous cosmologies’, or lumpy universes, and showcase some of my own. I’ll then discuss the differences (if any) between lumpy and smooth universes and what this means for cosmology.