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The next lecture: Thursday, November 20th 2014

Making a Universe from Scratch
Julian Onions, PhD researcher

ABSTRACT:
Astronomy is an observational science. Unlike most other disciplines we can't run experiments and try different starting conditions to test out our theories. However, we can run simulations on large computers using the known laws of physics; we can take our best guess at what the universe started out as, and by running it forwards via computer, see if what we end up with is similar to what we see today. In this way we can validate our theories.
In this talk I'll take you through what the simulations that are run on some of the biggest computers in the world can show us about the universe, and how well we're currently doing in our ambitions to make a universe from scratch.

6-7 pm
No admission charge and no need to book in advance!
Physics Building (lecture theatre B1)
University Park Campus
Nottingham
(Map)

For more information, contact Chris Staddon or Dr. Samantha Tang

Upcoming talks in 2014

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
Nov 20th Julian Onions
PhD student
Physics & Astronomy
UoN
Making a Universe from Scratch
Dec 18th Dr. Emily Lawson
Research Fellow
Geography
UoN
Managing Urban Flood Risk the blue-green approach

Previous talks in 2014

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
Jan 16th Sophie Morris
PhD Student
From the cock-eyed squid to the dark side of the Universe: Asymmetry in Nature.
Feb 20th Prof. Gill Stephens
Professor of Bioprocess Engineering
From chewing gum to chemicals…
Mar 20th Dr Tony Padilla
School of Physics & Astronomy, UoN
Black Holes & Extra Dimensions
Apr 24th Prof. Ivan Powis
Professor of Chemical Physics
The Beauty of Symmetry: A disagreement between Art and Science?
May 15th Dr. Andrew Rollinson
Research Fellow, Engineering
Small-scale Biomass Gasification - Power from Woodchips
Jun 19th Dr Ho-Kei Chan
ERC Research Fellow
Computational Nanoscience
Oranges and Fullerenes, Packed like Sardines
Jul 17th Jenny Lord
Eminate
The Future of Food
Aug 21st Dr Tahir Ahmed A Yardstick for our Solar System
Sep 18th Dr Richard Hill
Senior Research Fellow
Physics & Astronomy
UoN
Levitation
Oct 16th Prof. Philip Moriarty
Physics & Astronomy
UoN
Can we do 3D Printing with Atoms?

Past Events 2013

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
January 17th Dr. Sean Carroll The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt for the Higgs and the Discovery of a New World
Feb 21th Dr. Philip Oldfield Rethinking the Tall Building: The Importance of Climate, Culture, Context
March 21st Dr. Susannah Lydon A Prehistory of the World in Ten Fossils
April 18th Prof Ian Connerton Bacteriophage Control of Bacterial Pathogens: My Enemy's Enemy is my Friend?
May 16th Dr. Steve Dunham How do Viruses Cause Disease? Lessons from our Feathered Friends and Other Animals
June 20th Caterina Lani The Cosmic Web and its Inhabitants
July 18th Prof. Jerry Roberts Global Food Security-Is there a role for GM crops?
Aug 15th Dominic Jones AWE “Radiochemistry: Real Life CSI - the importance of understanding nuclear isotopes when advising UK emergency response organisations”
Sept 19th Dr. Richard Alexander Exoplanets: Hunting for Other Worlds (Presentation Slides)
Oct 17th David Wilkinson IoP Regional Officer Less Lethal Weapons
Nov 21st Dr Mike Fay University of Nottingham Nanotechnology Centre Nanotechnology - Hype, Fear and Reality
Dec 19th Dr Ian Fisk University of Nottingham Food Scientist The Flavour of Food

Past Events 2012

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
Jan 12th Dr. Daniele Fantin The Space Shuttle Story
Feb 23rd Dr. Mike Clifford How to Get Down from a Yak
March 15th Dr. David Cook A perfect pint: How to construct the flavour of beer.....
April 19th Prof Sir Peter Mansfield Snap Shot MRI - The Early Years
May 17th Dr. Helen West Dung Beetles and Their Battle Against Drugs
June 21st Dr. Will Carroll Allergy
July 19th Prof Clive Roberts Seeing the Nanoworld: New Solutions for Healthcare
Aug 16th Dr. Trevor Drage Energy in a Carbon Constrained World
Sep 20th Dr. Rob Stockman Nature's Chemical Warfare Agents: From Poison Arrows to magic Bullets
Oct 18th Professor Alan R. Palmer The Bionic Ear and Brain
Nov 15th Dr. Barry Lomax Where have all the flowers come from?
Dec 13th Prof. Mike Merrifield A seasonal canter through some scientific questions related to Christmas.

Past Events 2011

Jan 27th Brady Haran Internet Stars: The Secret Life of Sixty Symbols
Feb 24th Prof. Philip Moriarty Rolling molecules, switching atoms, and touching electrons.
March 24th Dr. Hanni Lux Substructure and Streams in the Milky Way: Unravelling Galaxy Formation
April 28th Markus Hammonds Supernovae and Stellar Fireworks
May 19th Dr. David Walker The Nottingham Cave Survey
June 16th Prof. Roger Bowley, Prof. Philip Moriarty, Dr. Meghan Gray, Dr. Frazer Pearce, Dr. Anne Green, Dr. Paul Saffin Open Question Panel
July 21st Prof. Peter Beton Graphene - conducting sheets with the thickness of a single carbon atom
Aug 25th Ian Kimpton Symmetry in Nature
Sep 22nd James Clewett Granular Dynamics
Oct 20th Dr. Keith Smith How to destroy the Earth
Nov 24th Prof. Alfonso Aragon-Salamanca Galaxy Formation and Transformation
Dec 8th Dr. Chris Lintott News from the Cosmos: 2011's astronomical headlines

Past Events 2010

Jan 21st Dr. Ed Copeland LHC and the Early Universe
Feb 18th Dr. Meghan Gray The Violent Lives of Galaxies
March 18th Dr. Anne Green WIMP Hunting: The Search for Dark Matter
April 22nd Dr. Tony Padilla Parallel Worlds
May 20th Dr. June McCombie The Chemistry of Space
June 17th Fernando Buitrago History of Space Exploration: Looking for New Horizons
July 22nd Dr. Graeme Candlish Black Holes
Aug 19th Dr. Frazer Pearce Global Warming
Sep 23rd Prof. Michael Merrifield 21st Century Telescopes
Oct 21st Dr. Steven Bamford Galaxy Zoo and the Zooniverse
Nov 18th Dr. Omar Almaini Quasars and Active Galaxies
Dec 16th Arianna Cortesi and Federica Maglioni Sounds of the Universe

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