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Cosmic Conjecture: Can the Multiverse Predict Anything?

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Sunday, June 2, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Lipton Hall - D'Agostino Hall

The possibility that our universe is not the only universe is one of the most polarizing theories in physics today. Speculative and controversial, this so-called multiverse proposal is suggested by the latest developments in cosmology and string theory, and is supported by some of the most regarded physicists. But are these theories rightly considered scientific? Is it possible to gather evidence that would support or refute the possibility that we inhabit a multiverse?

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premiere public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty and well-informed members of the general public.


  • Mario Livio

    Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a best-selling author and a popular lecturer. His popular book The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number won the Peano Prize for 2003, and the International Pythagoras Prize for 2004, as the best popular book on mathematics. More »


  • Andreas Albrecht

    Theoretical Cosmologist Andreas Albrecht is a leading theoretical cosmologist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 where, with Paul Steinhardt, he wrote one of the original papers on “new” or “slow roll” inflation. More »
  • Raphael Bousso

    Physicist Raphael Bousso is recognized for discovering the general relation between the curved geometry of space-time and its information content, known as the “covariant entropy bound.” More »
  • Alan Guth

    Cosmologist Alan Guth is a professor of physics at MIT, and world-renowned for his discovery of inflationary cosmology, the dominant cosmological paradigm for over two decades. More »
  • Andrei Linde

    Cosmologist Andrei Linde is one of the authors of the inflationary universe scenario, which is gradually becoming the standard paradigm of modern cosmology. He invented its most popular versions: new inflation, chaotic inflation, and hybrid inflation. More »
  • Neil Turok

    Physicist Neil Turok develops and tests fundamental theories of the cosmos. He pioneered the open inflation and cyclic universe models, as well as observational tests for dark energy and the nature of the relic perturbations using the microwave sky, both subsequently confirmed. More »