Origin of the Universe

September 19, 2007 (Wednesday) / 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Origin of the Universe

From the Beginning of Time to the End of Space

Janna Levin

Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Barnard College, Columbia University

The universe was created 14 billion years ago in one very big bang. We know remarkable details about the first few incredible moments in our universe’s history, but the instant of creation remains a mystery. Did time itself begin at that moment? Did space come into being then, too? Have there been other big bangs, or is our universe the only one? Cosmologist (and novelist) Janna Levin unfolds what we know of the origin of the universe and what we don’t—from the origin of time to the end of space.