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Physicist offers fresh look at cosmology

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 17, 2010 12:39 PM

March 31, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Physicist Paul Wesson will offer a fresh spin on modern cosmology when he lectures about “Weaving the Universe” April 15 at the University of Louisville.

The free, public talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The talk is the second annual Andrew Chamblin memorial lecture in a series the physics and astronomy department launched to honor a former faculty member and theoretical physicist who died in 2006.

Wesson is a professor of physics and astronomy at University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and author of numerous books including “Brave New Universe: Illuminating the Darkest Secrets of the Cosmos” and “Space-Time-Matter: Modern High-dimensional Cosmology.” He also coordinates a group called the 5-D Space-Time-Matter Consortium.

Using illustrations from his work, Wesson will discuss the overlap between modern physics and philosophy and talk about a shifting view of science. Wesson will share his views on a fifth dimension, beyond the well-known three spatial dimensions plus time, and talk about using the extra dimension to unite the theories of gravitation and electrodynamics.

For more information, contact James Lauroesch at 502-852-1394 or

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