‘Computing the Universe’, a public talk in Cape Town on 19 August

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Professor Romeel Davé, SA Research Chair in Cosmology with Multi-wavelength Data, based jointly at the University of the Western Cape, the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), and the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) will present a talk entitled ‘Computing the Universe’ on 19th August at the venue below

How did the Universe come to look the way it does?  Numerical cosmologists are trying to answer this by modelling the history of our Universe using powerful supercomputers.  The results have been sometimes surprising, often amazing, and always enlightening.  We have learned about dark matter, dark energy, inflation, and the quantum fluctuations that seeded everything we see.  Powerful telescopes have shown us the remarkable Cosmic Web traced out by galaxies with a dizzying array of properties.  Combining supercomputers and next-generation telescopes such as the SKA, cosmologists hope to, for the first time in human history, assemble a complete and verifiable story of how our Universe and everything within it came to be.  This lecture will chart our progress so far, and reflect on how much we have yet to discover about the Universe that we call home.
About the Speaker : He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and held Spitzer and Hubble Fellowships, and was on the faculty at the University of Arizona before coming to Cape Town in January 2013.  Prof Davé uses hydrodynamic simulations on supercomputers to study the evolution of the observable Universe, including galaxies, clusters, black holes, and intergalactic gas.

Date:     Wednesday 19 August 2015
Time:    17h00 (Tea will be served from 16h30)
Place:    South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp). 


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