9 November 2000 CfA Colloquium


Title: The Big Bang: Fifty Years from Putdown to Standard to Open Issue

Speaker: Philip Morrison

Abstract: More a study of cosmological opinion than of physics, the history of this vivid term, now re-defined, is examined, and a plea made for sinking it in the cause of understanding, both public and scholarly.

Reference for students:

A. Guth, The Inflationary Universe, Addison Wesley, 1997, Ch. 4 & 10

Physics Review D, 23, 347-56, 1981

F. Hoyle, Home is Where the Wind Blows, University Science Books, 1994, 416-7

T. Ferris, The Whole Shebang, Simon and Schuster, 1997, Ch 4

Lunch with the students will be on Thursday, November 9th at 1:00 in Phillips.