Professor Neil Turok, an Imperial alum, described the quantum beginnings of the universe in the annual Peter Lindsay memorial lecture.
Professor Turok gained his PhD from Imperial and has been a Reader at the College. He is currently the Director and Niels Bohr Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario, Canada.
He gave a lecture on how ideas of the origin of the universe have changed over time, concluding with his current work on a ‘quantum’ beginning of the universe. In this theory the origin of the ‘astonishingly simple’ cosmos we see today, which can be described with just a few fundamental numbers, can be explained without the need for strange new ingredients.
Professor Turok argued this model of the universe’s beginnings has more testable predictions - meaning it is easier to prove (or disprove) than many current theories.
He also described how his theories conflicted with Stephen Hawking’s, leading to a bet between the two , which he said he is currently on the way to winning.
The full lecture can be watched in the video at the top.
The annual lecture , presented by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, honours Professor Peter Lindsay, who completed his bachelors, masters and doctorate at Imperial after fleeing Poland in 1939.
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