About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang

Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 12:30pm

Event Info

Admission

$20 for CCST members; $30 for non-members; $10 for students. Ticket fee provides one boxed lunch.

Venue

Hughes Auditorium, Northwestern University Chicago Campus

303 East Superior Street

Chicago, 

IL 

60611

Presenter

Chicago Council on Science and Technology
312-567-5829

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Times change, literally, for human culture and the cosmos as a whole.

According to astrophysicist Adam Frank, specific human conceptions of time don’t last forever and our “modern” version is already in the midst of a radical change. In his new book, About Time, Dr. Frank argues that new ideas in cosmology are pushing the revolution in time to its final stage.

Just as a “clockwork universe” followed the invention of the clock 500 years ago, scientists are now moving beyond the Big Bang to talk about universes built from information pushing time into mind-boggling new territory. Imagine an eternal “multi-verse” made of infinite, parallel universes with infinite versions of you, or lots of little bangs but no big bang beginning, or a string theory universe in 10 dimensions of ever-repeating cycles, or a universe where time doesn’t exist at all. It’s impossible to say which of these new ideas will become the foundation for a new time because the science is still in flux. We do know we’re living at the twilight of the Big Bang. It’s the end of time as we know it now and as we live it now.