Friday 15.6 from 3pm to 9pm: Arkadia at the World Design Capital Pavilion

Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are warmly invited to an Arkadia International Bookshop afternoon at the World Design Capital Pavilion on Friday 15.6 from 3pm to 9pm.

Address of the venue: World Design Capital Pavilion Ullanlinnankatu 2, Helsinki

3pm: “A short history of the Universe

Rose Lerner and Peter Johansson present a short history of the Universe, covering the Big Bang, the first few minutes, antimatter, dark matter, dark energy and the formation of the galaxies. The two talks will be in English, but questions may be asked in either English or Finnish. Each talk will be self-contained and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

7pm: “A musical evening by AHOY

The performers at this enchanting musical evening are singing sisters Eerika, Juulia and Laura-Elina Aho and Tommi Karhusaari at the piano. They will play refreshing Finnish music by Anna-Mari Kähärä and Riku Keskinen among others.


Warm regards,


Arkadia International Bookshop at the WDC Pavillion – 15.6.2012

3pm: “A short history of the Universe

Talk 1: The very early Universe, by Rose Lerner

Starting from before the Big Bang, we will discuss how the Universe formed, focusing on the first few minutes (where all the interesting stuff happens). This includes the Big Bang, expansion of the Universe, primordial inflation and the annihilation of antimatter. We’ll end at the formation of the cosmicmicrowave background, which is the earliest signal we have from the Universe, 380 000 years after the Universe began.

Talk 2: The birth and evolution of galaxies and stars, by Peter Johansson

We will begin from the cosmic microwave background (formed at 380 000 years), and will cover the remaining 13.7 billion years until the present day. This includes dark matter, dark energy and the formation of stars and galaxies.


Rose Lerner is a researcher in the cosmology group at the University of Helsinki, doing research on the beginning of the Universe. She has also given many public talks at Arkadia International Bookshop.

Peter Johansson is an Assistant Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Helsinki. His research focuses on understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies using numerical simulations.

7pm: “A musical evening by AHOY”