Paul J. Steinhardt

Albert Einstein Professor in Science and Director, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, Princeton University

Paul J. Steinhardt is the Albert Einstein Professor in Science and Director of the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science at Princeton University, where he is also on the faculty of both the Department of Physics and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. He received his B.S. in Physics from Caltech, and his M.A. and Ph.D., both in Physics, from Harvard University. The author of over 200 refereed articles, five patents, three technical books, numerous popular articles, and the co-author of the 2007 Endless Universe: The Big Bang and Beyond, a popular book on contemporary theories of cosmology, Professor Steinhardt’s research spans problems in particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and condensed matter physics. With Neil Turok (Cambridge U.), he proposed the “cyclic model,” a radical alternative to big bang/inflationary cosmology in which the evolution of the universe is periodic and the key events shaping the large scale structure of the universe occur before the big bang.

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Where Does It End?

Saturday, May 19th
2:30 - 4:30PM

Past Event

We follow up our inquiry into beginnings by posing complementary questions about endings: why are we curious about endings, whether that of the cosmos or our own? What can we discover from each other’s curiosity about endings? What are the organizational properties necessary to call something an ending? How might conceptualizations of the end of… read more »