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Misconceptions about the Big Bang

Dr. Michael Reid
March 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m. EDT (convert to your time zone)

Credit: NASA/SVS

Nearly everyone has heard that the Big Bang was an explosion that created the universe. Starting from a tiny seed called a singularity, the whole universe sprang into being. Or did it? This common description of how the Universe began isn’t entirely wrong, but nor is it entirely right. In this talk, I’ll show how the well-intentioned ways we describe and illustrate the beginning of the Universe often reinforce misconceptions, and how these misconceptions lead to unnecessary skepticism about the Big Bang theory. We’ll talk about what the theory does say, what it doesn’t say, and how we can imagine it more accurately.

There will be lots of time allowed for questions.

Join us for this livestream on our YouTube page.





March 18, 2020