BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A senior astrophysicist from NASA's Goddard
Space Flight Center will regale guests of the University at Buffalo
with a brief history of the universe.
John Mather, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who specializes in
infrared astronomy and cosmology, will deliver the UB Department of
Physics' 18th annual Moti Lal Rustgi Memorial Lecture on Friday,
April 20 at 5 p.m. in 225 Natural Sciences Complex on UB's North
Campus in Amherst, N.Y.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For information,
visit http://bit.ly/IzJ1s4 or
contact the Department of Physics at 716-645-2017 or
Mather's talk is titled "History of the Universe in a Nutshell:
From the Big Bang to Life and the End of Time." He will explain
Einstein's biggest mistake, how Edwin Hubble discovered the
expansion of the universe, and how NASA missions are enabling
humanity to explore the universe's beginnings.
Mather was project scientist for NASA's Cosmic Background
Explorer (COBE) satellite, which measured the spectrum of the heat
radiation from the Big Bang and hunted for the first objects that
formed after the explosion. Findings from this mission led to
Mather receiving the Nobel Prize in 2006.
Mather will also discuss NASA's plans for the next great
telescope: the James Webb Space Telescope. Mather is senior project
scientist for the instrument, which will look farther back in time
than the Hubble Space Telescope, and peer inside the dusty cocoons
where stars and planets are born.
In our hunt for Earth-like planets and signs of extraterrestrial
life, the James Webb Space Telescope will be a crucial new tool. As
the planned successor to the famed Hubble Space Telescope, the new
instrument will augment human efforts to understand the world
around us and where we come from.
The Moti Lal Rustgi Memorial Lecture is named for Professor Moti
Lal Rustgi, a faculty member in the UB Department of Physics from
1966-92. To learn more, visit http://www.physics.buffalo.edu/talks/Rustgi-Lectures.html>http://www.physics.buffalo.edu/talks/Rustgi-Lectures.html>.