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State of the Universes

What do we really know about the universe? What mysteries are today's top cosmologists investigating? Join a discussion with leading cosmologists to hear fresh perspectives on some of the deepest questions in modern science: What is the mysterious dark matter that fills intergalactic space? Was there another universe before the big bang, and what will happen to ours in the distant future?
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  • Jennifer Ouellette, Freelance

  • Jennifer Ouellette stumbled into science writing quite by accident, and has been avidly exploring her inner geek ever since. She is the author of "Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics" and "The Physics of the Buffyverse". She is program director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a new initiative of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Katherine Freese, Director

  • University of Michigan
  • Katherine Freese is the George Eugene Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan, and the Associate Director of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics. She has been working to identify the dark matter and dark energy that permeate the universe as well as to build a successful model for the early universe immediately after the Big Bang.
  • Neil Turok, Director, Perimeter Institute

  • Perimeter Institute
  • Dr. Turok is the Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He has worked in a number of areas of theoretical physics and cosmology, focusing on developing fundamental theories and new observational tests. With Stephen Hawking, he developed the Hawking-Turok instanton solutions describing the birth of inflationary universes, and with Paul Steinhardt developed a cyclic theory of the universe.
  • Lawrence Krauss, Director of Origins Initiative

  • Arizona State University
  • Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and author of several bestselling books including "The Physics of Star Trek " His research interests include the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology. He writes regularly for various newspapers and magazines, and appears frequently on radio and television.
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