|Speaker:||Lawrence Krauss (Arizona State University)|
|Title:||Cosmology as Science? From Inflation to Eternity|
|Date (JST):||Wed, May 26, 2010, 15:30 - 16:30|
The last decade or two have represented the golden age of observational cosmology, producing a revolution in our picture of the
Universe on its largest scales, and perhaps also its smallest ones. I will argue that these recent developments bring to the forefront some vexing questions about whether various fundamental assumptions about the universe are in fact falsifiable. I will focus on 3 issues:
(1) "Proving" Inflation,
(2) Dark Energy and Anthropic Arguments, and
(3) Cosmology of the far future.