School of Natural Sciences

Modern Cosmology and the Origin of the Universe

Matias Zaldarriaga
Institute for Advanced Study
February 11, 2015
The last decades have seen great advances
in our understanding of the history of our
universe. I will summarize our current
knowledge, describe some of the puzzles
that still remain and speculate about future
developments in cosmology.
Matias Zaldarriaga has made many influential
and creative contributions to our understanding of the
early universe, particle astrophysics, and cosmology
As a probe of fundamental physics. Much of his work
centers on understanding the clues about the earliest

Finding Signs of Life on Earth-Like Exoplanets

Hanno Rein
Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto
November 7, 2014
Hanno Rein, former Member (2010–13) in the School of Natural Sciences, discusses using biosignatures to find signs of life, both in the Solar System and beyond. Additionally, Rein explains why chances are good for finding an Earth-like exoplanet around a Sun-like star within the next few years, as well as the challenges faced when that planet is discovered.

This lecture is sponsored by the Association of Members of the Institute for Advanced Study (AMIAS).