"Cosmology from Einstein to Now"
Director, Center for
Theoretical Interdisciplinary Physics
Department of Physics,
University of Texas
Modern cosmology can be said to have begun in
1917. That is when Einstein published his now famous "Einstein
Kosmos", but also when the first of the
modern giant telescopes, the 100-in telescope on Mount
Wilson, opened an entirely
new window on the universe. Only when
theory and observation come together can
a true science flourish. The next great
step forward camewith Alexander
Friedman's 1922 theoretical recognition of the motion of the universe under its own gravity as a giant
dynamical system, and Hubble's
observational confirmation of this motion in 1929. The theory of the big bang went a long way to explain the wealth of
new cosmic discoveries made in the
following decades. But the pace of progress
quickened in the last 25 years, which saw the rise of inflationary theory, the
rediscovery of Einstein's lambda term,
cosmic acceleration, cosmic foam, dark matter and dark energy, the Hubble space telescope and
the new 10-m Keck telescopes.
Answers to long-standing questions are beginning to
emerge: the universe now seems essentially flat and infinite, 13.7 billion years old, and destined to expand for ever. And there are hints of other universes.
Professor Wolfgang Rindler Bio
Wolfgang Rindler was born in Vienna. He was educated in England
during World War II, obtaining his B.Sc. and M.Sc.
from Liverpool University
(under A.G.Walker) and his Ph.D. from Imperial College,
London (under G.J.Whitrow). He
taught at Liverpool, London, and Cornell
Universities, before joining the faculty at the then newly created Southwest Center
for Advanced Studies in 1963, which eventually became the University
of Texas at Dallas. There he has been ever since, except
for visiting professorships at the Universities of Rome and Vienna,
and visiting fellowships at the University
of Cambridge and the Max Planck
Institutes at Munich and Potsdam.
His field of study is Relativity and Cosmology, and he is the author or
co-author of seven books (with translations into Russian, Japanese, Italian and
Greek) and over 60 papers.