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Lecture Series presented by KPMG - The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time

One of the most obvious facts about the universe is that the past is different from the future. We can turn an egg into an omelet, but can't turn an omelet into an egg. Physicists have codified this difference into the Second Law of Thermodynamics: the entropy of a closed system always increases with time. But why? The ultimate explanation is to be found in cosmology: special conditions in the early universe are responsible for the arrow of time. This talk will be about the nature of time, the origin of entropy, and how what happened before the Big Bang may be responsible for the arrow of time we observe today.
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About Sean M. Carroll

Author and Physicist

California Institute of Technology

Sean M.Carroll is Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research includes a number of topics in theoretical physics such as cosmology, field theory, particle physics, and gravitation. He is the author of "From Eternity to Here," a book about cosmology and the arrow of time.
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