Thursday 12.9 at 6pm at Arkadia: ‘The Beginning of the Universe’ by Rose Lerner (theoretical cosmologist)

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to ‘The beginning of the Universe’ by theoretical cosmologist Rose Lerner on Thursday 12.9 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

You are all most welcome!

Warm regards,


-Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Rose Lerner

This isn’t a talk about philosophy; it is a talk about science. It is pretty marvellous that scientists can come up with theories about what happened in the first fraction of a second of the Universe’s existence, and really quite amazing that we can test these theories with data.

Scientists believe that something called “inflation” happened in the first fraction of a second. During inflation, the Universe grew exponentially from un-imaginably small to the size of a grapefruit. In this talk, I’ll explain what inflation is and how it connects with the rest of the history of the Universe. I’ll also discuss why inflation is such a good theory – both that it solves many problems that puzzled scientists and that it makes predictions that agree with what we measure. That doesn’t mean that we know exactly what type of inflation occurred, so I’ll also discuss the things that scientists are not yet sure about. It might sound like a complicated topic -but I’ll try to explain in a way that everyone can understand! Everyone is welcome – you don’t need to have any experience of science.

If you just can’t wait until then, I highly recommend that you explore this interactive graphic ( where you can zoom from electrons to ants to marathons to the Universe!

Rose Lerner is a theoretical cosmologist and a frequent speaker on cosmology, dark matter and particle physics at Arkadia.