Royal Institution Public Talk - Dark Energy: Einstein's biggest

Royal Institution Public Talk - Dark Energy: Einstein's biggest "blunder"?

Monday 24th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

The Royal Institution
21 Albermarle Street, London, London, W1S 4BS

Join world-leading scientist Ofer Lahav as he revels the extraordinary narrative of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), an ambitious experiment designed to unravel the mysteries of the force shaping our universe. Discover what the 3D map spanning 300 million galaxies and extensive supernovae has so far revealed, including its confirmation of the prevailing model of cold dark matter and a remarkably accurate cosmological constant.

But this remarkable survey doesn’t just advance our scientific understanding – Ofer will shed light on the human dimension of this project, sharing anecdotes of the long-term commitment and collaboration of the hundreds of scientists involved and the resilience they’ve shown in overcoming challenges along the way.

Join Ofer to explore the global nature of scientific progress, where teamwork and perseverance shape groundbreaking discoveries. The DES not only helps to reveal the mysteries of dark energy but also highlights the collective dedication and collaborative spirit that fuels scientific exploration.

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Forthcoming events

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  • Royal Institution Public Talk – Dark Energy: Einstein’s biggest “blunder”?

    Monday 24th June 2024 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

    The Royal Institution, London, W1S 4BS

    More info
  • Royal Institution Public Talk – Galileo’s gaze: The secrets of cosmic discovery

    Saturday 6th July 2024 from 19:00pm to 20:30pm

    The Royal Institution, London, W1S 4BS

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  • Royal Institution Public Talk – Can you blow up the Sun?

    Wednesday 17th July 2024 from 18:00pm to 19:15pm

    The Royal Institution, London, W1S 4BS

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